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Breaking News: PFC vs. Freedom from Religion

June 19, 2009
Palmetto Family Team to Fight Spartanburg Suit

Spartanburg County School District 7 (western Spartanburg County) has been sued by a group called the “Freedom from Religion Foundation” for allowing high school credit for release time Bible instruction at Spartan High. “Release Time” is the term coined in the Supreme Court’s 1954 Zorach decision that allows students to attend Bible teaching off campus during school hours. Bible education at Spartanburg High is through SCBEST (South Carolina Bible Education in School Time).

The authority for school boards to provide actual high school elective credit for release time instruction was made possible by the Release Time Credit Act (2006), pushed by Palmetto Family Alliance. Senator George “Chip” Campsen ( (R-Charleston) [LEFT] was the legislative sponsor of the bill. Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) provided legal consulting services on constitutionality.

“Palmetto Family Council has been in touch with its legal and legislative team today and will bring its full expertise to bear in this case,” said PFC President Dr. Oran Smith. “We were proud to work for the passage of the Release Time Credit Act in 2006 and welcome the opportunity to prove its constitutionality.”

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