Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Indiana Church/State Case Worth Watching

Huntington, Indiana school officials in a northeastern Indiana district deny that a religious education program offered during the school day illegally advances religion, as a federal lawsuit claims. A complaint filed by attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on behalf of an unnamed woman and her eight-year-old son asks a federal judge to shut down the program and bar the school district from providing it with utilities or any other support. The boy, identified only as "J. S.," attends Horace Mann Elementary School, which offers third-and fourth-grade students a "release time" program for "By the Book Weekday Religious Instruction" through the Associated Churches of Huntington. The Huntington County Community School Corp. argued in a response to the lawsuit that the release time program neither advances nor inhibits religion. Similar programs at elementary schools have been protected by a 1952 U. S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed students to receive religious education during school hours but not on school property.

This will be an interesting case to watch for its possible impact on LDS seminary programs in states such as Utah, Arizona, and Idaho where students are released from school to study the gospel. Likewise to the program ran in Indiana the LDS seminary programs are ran by private funding on private property. We'll keep you up to date as this case moves forward.


  1. mormonism is flawed. one can say, when it comes down to it, that the mormonism vs biblical christanity arguments final end is based completely on faith. but this is not true. the lds faith has no philosophical basis. if we assume that elohim was born as a spirit child, we then assume that he had a spiritual father and mother. and so on. there is no solid beginning, and therefore no philosophical viewpoint that can be held. also, we know that the apostles of christ, paul in particular, spoke very passionately of staying from false teachers and prophets that preach another jesus. the mormons say that they follow these teachings, yet they do not. paul was surely not a mormon, for he did not follow or teach any lds doctrine, and neither did jesus christ. check your faith.

  2. Anonymous, I'm not sure what any of your comments have to do with this article but since you brought it up....All apostles and prophets have taught that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world and that only through him may we be cleansed from our sins. Through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus we can be found worthy to return to live with our Father in Heaven. This is what Paul and Jesus taught while they were both on the earth.