Christians in a Southeast Tennessee county are drawing a line in the sand as official atheism consolidates itself, Nooganomics reports. Unwittingly they are finding themselves that their chief opponent is not on the other side of the line, but on the same. Wherever the state has maintained control over an area of government given to the family, the process is like that in Pikeville, Tenn.
One can see progress toward dechristianization in Bledsoe County, where a complaint about has brought giveaways Gideon giveaways of the New Testament (with Psalms and Proverbs) to a halt.
“By law public schools cannot impose or promote religion,” a news report about the conflict says, and the school system is blocking the Gideons. “Bledsoe County Schools do not allow the distribution of religious materials from any religious groups,” Supt. Jennifer Terry says. “The distribution of religious materials in a public school is in violation of constitutional provisions and well established federal and state laws and precedence.”