Target: Eric Davis, President of the Duncan Public School Board of Education
Goal: Fire public elementary school teacher who gave her students Bibles.
Students at Oklahoma’s Woodrow Wilson Elementary School were pressured to accept Bibles from their teacher, according to recent reports. The teacher in question, Erica Mackey, is now under investigation by the school district. Demand that the district fire Mackey for this proselytizing if the accusations are found to be true.
According to students, Mackey brought a stack of New Testament Bibles into her third-grade class and asked if anyone would like a copy. Many of the students accepted her offer and went up to her desk to grab one. Unfortunately, the number of students taking her up on her offer was so high that other students felt peer-pressured enough to go up and receive a Bible as well, even though they did not want to or felt uncomfortable doing so.
This is a clear violation of the separation of church and state. Woodrow Wilson Elementary is a public school, and as such it cannot advocate particular religions to students—especially students as young and impressionable as third graders. That some students felt pressured to conform to the religious views of their teacher and fellow students reflects just how egregious this violation was.
The separation of church and state exists for a reason—willful violations of it should not be tolerated. Sign the petition below to demand that the Duncan Public School Board of Education fire Mackey for this violation of her students’ religious freedoms.
Dear President Davis,
I am writing you today regarding the controversy that has recently erupted over Erica Mackey’s actions at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. Her proselytizing is a blatant violation of her students’ constitutional rights and she should be held accountable.
The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” All American governments and all American public institutions are bound by this restriction. That includes, importantly, public schools. The Supreme Court has affirmed time and time again that the Bible, or any other religious text, has no place in public schools. By giving out Bibles to her students, Mackey has very clearly violated this principle.
Though many parents in your district seem to be flocking to support Mackey and her in-class Bible distribution, that does not mean it was correct, or that it should be tolerated. I demand that your district fire Mackey from her teaching position if your investigation reveals that she did what she is accused of doing.
[Your Name Here]
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