TN School Board Ends 'Promotion of Religion'

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A religious lawsuit in a Tennessee school district has been settled.

Cheatham County schools have agreed to the American Civil Liberties Union's demands to end the promotion of religion by teachers and officials during school hours.

The school board voted 5-1 to reach an agreement after a lawsuit by the ACLU of Tennessee. The board agreed that religion in the school can be student-led but not compulsory.

However, Gregory Horton, who cast the only no vote, said the settlement went too far. He argued it forces people to give up rights that no one should have to surrender, according to the Ashland City Times.

"Reading this 'settlement,' I would think that we would have need to paint the windows of the buses black to prevent the children riding from seeing the churches that cover this county for fear that they might be evilly influenced," he said.

The ACLU sued the school district in November after six months of failed negotiations.

School officials are also barred from citing the Bible or other sacred texts as authority for historical or scientific fact.

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