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I Loved Free Reading Time in Class – But a Teacher Never Tried to Take My Book…Even a Bible!

“I noticed that he has a book – a religious book – in the classroom. He’s not permitted to read those books in my classroom.”

In Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, the Bible is not welcome. At least that’s what fifth grade teacher Swornia Thomas would have you believe. When she gave her class “free reading time”, young Giovanni Rubeo’s choice of material wasn’t encouraged. She asked the boy to turn in the Bible on her desk. He refused. There’s a budding media firestorm over the incident, but we just want to stop and applaud Giovanni for taking a firm stand for his rights and his faith. Keep reading the Good Book, young man.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.