Education

Birdville ISD Lifts Suspension of Isaiah Smith, a Gay Student Punished After Tearing the Bible

As evangelicals continue to revel in their victory over the Christmas-hating PTA moms in Frisco, the folks at the American Humanist Association are proving that they don't need God on their side to force a North Texas school district to capitulate.

AHA announced today that Isaiah Smith, the Birdville High School suspended after ripping pages out of the Bible, has had his disciplinary record cleared after more than a month of lobbying by the organization's lawyers.

See also: American Humanists Target Birdville ISD for Suspending Student Who Tore Pages From a Bible

In a November 19 letter to the group, lawyers for Birdville ISD wrote that while the district "disagrees with and denies your statement of the facts and characterization of the legal issues involved in this matter," it has agreed to reverse the suspension and remove it from his record.

Smith, who is gay, tore out portions of Leviticus to protest his classmates' anti-gay bullying, which was invariably peppered with descriptions of homosexuality being a sin condemned by God. According to AHA, he was suspended after he refused to stop carrying the torn Bible and hand it over to the assistant principal.

In its release, AHA says Birdville also agreed to let Smith continue to carry the torn Bible.

Birdville ISD, citing federal student privacy laws, declined to comment on Smith's suspension when it was first reported last month. We've reached out to district spokesman Mark Thomas for comment on the AHA's announcement.

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