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Tennessee elementary school's Bible club halted by atheist complaint may return

An elementary school Bible club that was suspended due to church-state concerns raised by an atheist group may return next academic year.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation was able to convince Bartlett City Schools in Tennessee to put a stop to a Bible club at Altruria Elementary School.

However, Bartlett City Schools spokesman Jason Sykes provided The Christian Post with a statement on Tuesday, noting that they are working on a plan to bring it back while addressing any possible church and state issues.

"Per our understanding, religious clubs at elementary schools must be sponsored by an outside group. To our knowledge, the K-2 Bible Club at Altruria Elementary was not," read the statement.

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"While this club has been postponed, we are working with the school to ensure the proper steps are taken to allow this club in the 2017-2018 school year. We are working to reopen the club next school year."

The FFRF sent a complaint to Bartlett City Schools regarding the Altruria Bible Club, which met before classes started at the elementary school and was focused on first and second graders.

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Regarding the school district's decision to halt the club's activities for the time being, FFRF gave a statement to a local media expressing support for the decision.

"FFRF is pleased to learn that Bartlett City Schools has taken appropriate action to disband an unconstitutional religious club, which was really just religious instruction by public school officials," stated the FFRF.

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