NEW HAVEN Conn (Dec. 30)
Efforts by the Gideon Society to secure authorization to distribute Gideon Bibles in the public schools of Connecticut towns came under attack today.
The Society has requested the boards of education in Willimantic and West Hartford for permission to distribute its Bibles in the schools. The Connecticut Jewish Community Relations Council has supplied to both school boards the text of the recent decision by the New Jersey State Supreme Court holding that distribution of Bibles in the public schools was a violation of the Constitutional separation of Church and State.
The New Jersey verdict was handed down in an action to prevent distribution of Bibles in the schools of Rutherford, N. J. Leo Pfeffer, attorney for the American Jewish Congress, prosecuted the case and argued the appeal before the New Jersey State Supreme Court.