Today is “Bring Your Bible to School Day.”
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Danny Huerta, of Focus on the Family, described the event as a “day for kids to be able to live out their faith and in one very particular way. And that is to stand up and say, I believe in God’s word, and share with others by bringing their Bible to school.”
As many as 500,000 students are expected to participate.
“And as long as you’re not being disruptive and it’s student-led, you can bring your Bible in, and organize participation with your friends in reading their Bible together,” he said.
And yes — it is LEGAL for children to bring the Bible into a taxpayer-funded classroom.
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“They can indeed, anywhere in the United States, you can bring your Bible to school, into the classroom. And the caveat is, as long as you’re not being disruptive to what is happening in the classroom, and that is you’re standing up in the middle class and reading a verse when it’s not related to anything that’s happening there. You can bring your Bible, you can set it on your desk.”
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The following is a rush transcript from the Todd Starnes Show which airs daily from noon – 3:00 p.m. EST.
TODD STARNES: [01:24:43] There is an interesting event coming up. We’ve talked a lot about our schools and how important it is to get faith back into our school classrooms and Focus on the Family is doing something about that. They are sponsoring a big event called Bring Your Bible to School Day. Danny Huerta is the vice president for parenting and youth at Focus on the Family and he is on the Patriot Mobile Newsmaker Line. Danny, good to have you with us today. [01:25:10][27.6]
DANNY HUERTA: [01:25:11] Hey, thanks for having me on the show. I appreciate it. [01:25:13][1.8]
TODD STARNES: [01:25:13] All right. Well, tell us all about bringing your Bible to school day. [01:25:16][2.6]
DANNY HUERTA: [01:25:16] Yeah, it’s an exciting day. So it started several years back and it’s the first Thursday in October every year this year, October 6th. And basically, it’s a day for kids to be able to live out their faith and in one very particular way. And that is to stand up and say, I believe in God’s word and share with others by bringing their Bible to school, putting it on their desks, showing others that maybe they organized a Bible study time or prayer time, and they bring their Bibles that day intentionally to school or wherever they’re at homeschool, Christian school, private school, public school and parents and church you to do the same, take your Bible to work and then just really the idea is to engage with God’s word, but also to open up conversations, intentional conversations with people around you. And it’s a student-led movement where you’re not being disruptive in school. Rather, you’re being life-giving. You’re bringing hope to a world that right now needs a message of hope. And really, you’re practicing your religious liberties by taking it you can through the first and Second Amendments, do this. And as long as you’re not being disruptive and it’s student-led, you can bring your Bible in, and organize participation with your friends in reading their Bible together. My daughter and my son, both teenagers have done this throughout the years and have enjoyed gathering their friends before school and then at lunchtime, reading their favorite scriptures together and then encouraging one another in their faith and praying for one another during that time and inviting other students into that conversation. [01:26:56][99.6]
TODD STARNES: [01:26:58] So Danny, I’m sure a lot of parents are wondering, is it legal? Can it can kids bring a Bible into a public school classroom? [01:27:05][7.5]
DANNY HUERTA: [01:27:07] They can. They can indeed, anywhere in the United States, you can bring your Bible to school, into the classroom. And the caveat is, as long as you’re not being disruptive to what is happening in the classroom, and that is you’re standing up in the middle class and reading a verse when it’s not related to anything that’s happening there. You can bring your Bible, you can set it on your desk. I remember a young man that did started this, I believe his junior year in high school. And participated in Bring Your Bible, the school that year, put it on his desk and then continue to do it every day all the way into college, and have continued to take his Bible every single day practicing that freedom and then also opening up the opportunity for people to ask him questions about his faith in Christ. And he shared some of those a while back. Last year we had 590,000 households. That was a projected amount of people that participated in Bring Your Bible to School. And this year we have surpassed our numbers from last year and projecting close to 700,000. We’re hoping to have a million households participate in bring about the school day. [01:28:16][68.6]
TODD STARNES: [01:28:16] Well, that’s tremendous. And it needs to be a lot more than that. I think this is a terrific idea. I’m curious, though, what is the point of it? You bring your Bible to school. You’ve got that here on the desk. What is that what does that do? [01:28:28][12.0]
DANNY HUERTA: [01:28:30] Really, in my mind is it provides. An invitation. You’re coming in and you’re inviting people into something that you believe is true and can be life-giving. You’re bringing an invitation. You’re letting other people know I’ve been invited into something, into a relationship with Christ, and I want to invite you into that as well. And then it creates a momentum of conversation with others around you. It also reminds you of how you’re living out your faith throughout the other day that you’re there. It’s not just about reading the Bible, but it’s a reminder to you that you are representative of those beliefs. And in that, we hope that people sign up for live it challenges. And we’ve had over 2000 registrants every month come on new registrants come on to the live it challenges and bring your Bible to school. That is one of those challenges. But then we have a monthly challenge for families and students to take on and encourage one other through social media, to live out their faith. Now that you’ve proclaimed and you say, Hey, I believe in Jesus Christ, now you get to show that through life-giving activities like encouraging words and doing things that are challenges, life-giving challenges that you get to participate in all year long. And so that’s it’s an exciting way to have a starting point for many different things. Maybe it’s a Bible study in your school, maybe it’s a prayer group that you start. But we count October six as a great day to stand and to begin momentum. And you’re inviting people into something that you believe is amazingly life-giving. [01:29:53][83.6]
TODD STARNES: [01:30:09] All right. Well, Danny, we’re going to leave it there. Great project. Great idea, folks. You can go to our Web site, Todd Starnes dot com. We’ve got the link to a focus on the family or you can go to Focus on the family dot com and get sign up there. And Danny, thank you again for your time. [01:30:25][16.0]
DANNY HUERTA: [01:30:26] Yeah. And Todd, I just want to share, if somebody has issues with being able to bring their Bible to school, make sure you go to bring your Bible dort org. We have information on all the freedoms you have. All the legal rights that you’ve got are in case you need some details on that, we also have a line one 800 TELL adf. And on that, you can speak with a lawyer about how you can just protect those rights as you’re walking in. It’s a great day to have a reminder of the freedoms that we get to enjoy here in America. All right. Thank you so much. [01:30:58][31.7]
TODD STARNES: [01:30:59] Alright, Danny, appreciate that. [01:31:00][1.4]