OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) — After a series of challenges to the distribution of Gideon Bibles in the state’s school districts, Oklahoma’s attorney general stepped in to defend the practice.
On April 14, Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced a new initiative “designed to defend religious freedom and provide support to Oklahoma schools facing intimidation.”
“Few things are as sacred and as fundamental to Oklahomans as the constitutional rights of free speech and the free exercise of religion,” Pruitt wrote in a letter to school superintendents. “It is a challenging time in our country for those who believe in religious liberty. Our religious freedoms are under constant attack from a variety of groups who seek to undermine our constitutional rights and threaten our founding principles.”