US judge orders school to stop Bible distribution

A US school district must end a Bible giveaway program for fifth-graders for now, a federal judge in St. Louis has ruled in an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit. The preliminary injunction adds another school to a long list of small-town schools that, since the 1950s, have either been forced or voluntarily stopped distributing the pocket-sized Gideons International Bible. The cases were often prompted by ACLU action. South Iron Elementary School in Annapolis, Missouri, wrongly allowed the Bible handouts solely to promote Christianity to students and must end the program until a final order is given, US District Court Judge Catherine Perry in St. Louis ruled late Wednesday. A final ruling in the case is not expected for months.