Handing out Bibles in public school - EDITED
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Every February through mid March, our elementary school offers after school clubs. This year, DD is enrolled in two...pottery painting and Good News Club. I was only going to enroll her in pottery painting but her BFF was enrolling in Good News Club and it was free so I signed her up too (pottery was $90). I knew the club was faith based with a focon how to make good choices and be a good person. Although I am Jewish (DH is Protestant so we celebrate both religions), I was fine with it. The club was started a few years ago by a friend of mine even though she is no longer the one running it.
DD loves the club! It's much heavier on the love Jesus message than I thought it would be but she's happy so I'm happy. Her workbook is all about how Jesus loves us, how to love Jesus, how to find friends who love Jesus and about what sin is and why you shouldn't do it. At Wednesday's meeting, they gave the kids Bibles. It's a nice one, over 1,500 pages and it's geared toward kids who like to explore and I knew she would be getting one.
I'm fine with everything as is DH even if we find some of the stuff to be a bit heavy or funny (we're more spiritual than religious and sometimes hearing DD get preachy is hilarious but we don't quiet her, she's entitled to her beliefs but we do correct her if she gets her thoughts mixed up).
My mom isn't fine with it. I have to say that she's totally fine with DH not being Jewish and with her grandkids being baptized and going to church on occasion so learning a different religion and the Jesus teachings is NOT her issue. Her issue is that she says it isn't right to hand out Bibles on public school property.
Normally I would agree however this is a club where parents have to give permission for their kids to be there and they know what the club is all about. The school is not handing out Bibles to all of the students will nilly, just to the ones in the club.
What do you think?
EDIT: I should have been more clear...my mom is NOT making an issue of anything. In a conversation about the club, she stated she thought it was wrong that Bibles were being handed out on public school property, even if it's just for the club participants. She is NOT telling us to pull DD from the club or giving us a hard time about DD being in the club. She just stated her opinion which differed from mine so I posted to see what other moms think. It's not an issue between us at all. =)