Setback in court battle to ban Bible from schools

By Gia Garrick

The High Court in Auckland is hearing the case over the Bible in Schools programme. Photo / Michael Cunningham
The High Court in Auckland is hearing the case over the Bible in Schools programme. Photo / Michael Cunningham

Secular education campaigners have faced a significant setback in their legal fight to ban the Bible from public schools.

The High Court in Auckland is hearing a case between a parent and his child's former primary school over its Bible in Schools programme.

The Secular Education Network and the Human Rights Commission asked to be part of the case, making it a test case for religion in schools.

Network spokesman David Hines said they have been allowed to join the case but won't be allowed to submit additional evidence to the court.

He said that prevents them from covering issues such as Christian education in high schools and objections from other religions.

Lawyers have spent the morning trying to convince Judge Peter Wylie it's a good idea to have one hearing instead of two.

- Newstalk ZB

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter

SIGN UP NOW

© Copyright 2016, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production apcf03 at 09 Dec 2016 23:13:26 Processing Time: 434ms