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Erasing God From School

Paul Rubeo sat stunned. He replayed the voicemail from his son's fifth-grade teacher and winced: "Good morning, Mr. Rubeo. Giovanni called you because I asked him to. I noticed that he has a book, a religious book, in the classroom. He's not permitted to read those books in my classroom." The book in question? The Bible.

It all started with Giovanni reading his Bible during free-reading time at his elementary school in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and his teacher instructing him to put it away because it was not an approved book. Giovanni complied but didn't understand.

"I wanted to read the Bible because it gives me a lot of wisdom and helps me a lot," he told Decision. "Every other kid got to read whatever book they wanted, so why couldn't I read the Bible?"

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