“Bible Man” Banned From Tennessee School
For 40 years now “Bible Man”, a costumed character which has become very popular with kids, has been paying a visit to numerous schools in Grundy County, Tennessee, preaching sermons, leading songs, putting up baby Jesus displays as well as handing out religious literature. However his trips have come to an end following a complaint that was placed by an atheist parent was taken into consideration, WRCB (Chattanooga) is reporting.
Horace Turner, the “Bible Man”, has been visiting schools in Grundy County, Tennessee since he could remember but last month he was forced to stop his visits following a complaint that was placed by an anonymous parent. The Freedom From Religion Foundation came forward so as to show their support to the complaint that was raised by the anonymous parent, who claimed that Turner’s move is unconstitutional given that is only passes the Christian message, wishes were granted.
According to the parent who raised the compliant, Turner’s presence in schools as well as his religious teachings made her son very uncomfortable.
“At first he did not know that he didn’t have to go [to Bible Man’s activities]. As he got older, it bothered him that he had to sit through this because it’s not his religion.”
After receiving the letter from the Foundation, Turner stopped paying any more visits to schools something that hasn’t settled well with many parents and schools officials. Dr Willie Childers said that, “I believe the perception was that we’re trying to get rid of him, and that was not the perception we wanted to present.”
According to the parent who raised the complaint, she has been the subject of numerous harassment's which have increased in intensity of late adding that her son has also been subjected to harassment.