The Hope Public Schools Board in Arkansas met Monday night, and heard from a group of around two dozen residents. Hope resident Shirley Cooper spoke on behalf of the group, and said, "We would like to express our concern about refusal to let the Gideons offer Bibles to fifth graders; it is not as if they are forcing anyone to accept one, only offer... This has been done as long as we can remember."
School board president Joe Short explained that if the board voted to approve the passing out of Bibles it would be in violation of the Establishment Clause, and thus violate the law. He said, "This could result in a lawsuit against the school that would not be won... I would much rather see our money going toward the education of our children."
You may recall that a Missouri court struck down a bible-distribution plan not too long ago.
Cooper said that the school board had never been sued before, but if they were, she believed "the Lord would fight this battle for us.”