An investigation is underway after a California teacher was accused of distributing “Bible cookies” and offering extra credit to students who copy Bible verses.
A student filed the complaint against John Alameda, of New Vision High School.
Christian Today reports that Americans United sent a letter to school Superintendent Jason Messon on behalf of the student.
John McGinnis of Americans United wrote, "We have received a complaint that New Vision High School teacher John Alameda is using his official position to promote an after-school Bible club.
"We understand that Mr Alameda not only sponsors the club but also shares his Christian beliefs during school hours and frequently encourages his students to attend the club's meetings. Furthermore, he offers extra credit for copying Bible verses and gives students "Bible Cookies" as a reward for completing class assignments.
"We write to inform you that these actions violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the US Constitution. We ask that you take steps to ensure that Mr Alameda complies with constitutional requirements."
According to Christian Today, Manteca Unified School District said in a statement, "While respecting the diversity and beliefs of our community, MUSD is dedicated to ensure the separation of church and state as prescribed by law."
Publication date: January 13, 2015