Gov. Bevin urges students to take part in 'Bring Your Bible to School Day' on Oct. 5

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thursday is "Bring Your Bible to School Day," and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin wants all students in the state to participate.

"I want to encourage every young person in Kentucky on October the 5th, to bring their Bible to school, use it as a point of conversation in conversation with other students. This is absolutely your right to do this, don't let anyone tell you otherwise."

Gov. Matt Bevin posted a video on his Facebook page promoting the event, saying it's a student-led initiative.

In the video, he discussed several Biblical principles such as "treating others the way you want to be treated," saying those principles should be celebrated during this divisive time in our country. 

Aaron Harvie, pastor at Highview Baptist Church, agreed with Bevin that this is a learning opportunity for everyone.

"We have first amendment rights, and that is the right to worship as God leads us," Harvie said. "And what an opportunity for us to express that right and to be able to bring our Bible to worship freely without any negative ramifications."

Harvie hopes seeing more bibles in school Thursday will encourage everyone to learn more about it by taking time to read it. He also said Thursday should be viewed as an open opportunity for students of all religions to share their beliefs.

"We live in a country where there is religious freedom," Harvie said. "So there should be an opportunity there and we shouldn't fear that, because we should give the opportunity for everyone and not ostracize one particular group or people."

Edwin Hensley strongly disagrees with the governor's approach to Bring Your Bible to School Day. Hensley is the co-organizer of the Kentucky Chapter for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and he said his concern is not over students bringing religious books to school on their own.

"It is the favoritism by the governor and the use and abuse of his position to promote his religion that should be stopped," Hensley said.

State statues give students the right to express their religious viewpoints at school. But Hensley said Bevin's action of encouraging students to bring their bibles is wrong.

"I hope that the Christians who support church-state separation realize that my feelings about this would be the exact same as theirs if Gov. Bevin said, 'Let's bring a Koran to school,'" Hensley said. 

Gov. Bevin said "Bring Your Bible to School Day" has been going on across the country for four years. According to its website, the group supporting the nation-wide event is Focus on the Family.

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