For 60 years Gideon Bibles have been distributed to grade 5 students Owen Sound Ontario, but an 8-3 vote by local trustees is bringing the practice to an end. The board made the move to reflect both the diversity of the local community, not wanting to grant preferred access to a particular faith group, and the district’s secular education policy.
“We cannot include every-one’s God, so we should not allow any,” Meaford and Blue Mountains trustee Fran Morgan said via a conference telephone connection.
“This is a secular school system,” said Owen Sound trustee Marg Gaviller. “There are lots of other opportunities for people to get their Bibles.”
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