In September 2018, Facebook users widely shared a post which proclaimed that “President Trump is making Oct 4th bring your Bible to school day. I pray that every school in America is full of Bibles that day”:
An initiative undertaken by conservative Christian groups in the United States does designate one day of the year as “Bring Your Bible to School Day.” However, that event was not created by President Donald Trump, nor is it a government-sanctioned one.
“Bring Your Bible to School Day” is an annual event organized by Focus on the Family, an influential conservative Christian non-profit organization. It was first held in 2014 and will take place on 4 October in 2018.
The event’s website describes the purpose of the initiative as follows:
Students across the nation will celebrate religious freedom and share God’s love with their friends. It’s an annual event for students sponsored by Focus on the Family. The event is designed to empower you as a student to express your belief in the truth of God’s Word -– and to do so in a respectful way that demonstrates the love of Christ.
Participation is voluntary and student-directed — meaning it’s completely up to students, Christian clubs and youth groups to sign up online and then lead the activities in their school.
The Alliance Defending Freedom, another conservative Christian non-profit organization, is providing legal consultation for students involved in the initiative.
According to a promotional video, almost 500,000 students took part in “Bring Your Bible to School Day” in 2017:
However, neither President Trump nor his administration is behind “Bring Your Bible to School Day,” and the event is not sponsored or sanctioned by the federal government.
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