God despisers target faith 'release time' for students

September 5, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

A far-left organization that works to oppose the presence of Christianity in America, often filing lawsuits over religious emblems visible to the public or even prayer, now is going after a program in Ohio that lets students take excused absences for private religious instruction.

That, according to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, can "negatively impact schools" and their educational goals. It sent a letter to hundreds of public schools in the state.

The Washington Times said the issue is a LifeWise Academy program that helps churches assemble lessons for "release time," a procedure that has been used in schools across America for years.

The time allows schoolchildren to hear lessons in their faith during school hours. The classes are done off-campus and available to students who volunteer.

FFRF charged that while Ohio law says districts "may" offer the excused absences, they’re not required to do so.

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