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Page 4 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, August 2, 1983
Ruling may let Bible

classes stay
BRISTOL, Va. (AP) - Sponsors of
private Bible classes in public schools
said yesterday they hope the lessons
can resume this fall under guidelines
from a federal judge, who ruled against
the classes in their present form.
U.S. District Judge Jackson Kiser
said the 42-year-old Bible program for
4th and 5th grade students in Bristol
schools was an unconstitutional
"religious exercise."
But in his ruling signed Friday and
filed yesterday, Kiser also listed
guidelines that would provide "a clean
break with the past" and allow the
classes as long as they were "taught ob-
jectively" and controlled by the school
THE CLASSES, on school property,
had been sponsored by the private Bible
Teaching in Public Schools group. The
group, headed by Gene Kistner, hired
the teachers and determined the
Although the classes were voluntary,
school records showed that most
students attended.
The judge's decision came about a
month after a four-day trial in U.S.
District Court of a suit filed by Bristol
City Councilman Sam Crockatt and his
wife, Sally, with the help of the
American Civil Liberties Union. The
Crocketts contended the classes were

in school
religious and violated the constitutional
doctrine of separation of church and
KISTNER SAID his Bible teaching
group plans to contribute about $35,000
to the district to fund the classes.
"Our hopes are that they'll set up a
Bible program this fall," Kistner said.
"It's going to be the same thing. I think
that's going to irritate the
ACLU ... They didn't want the Bible
taught at all."
In the judge's ruling, he said the U.S.
Supreme Court "has recognized the
importance of the Bible independent of
its religious significance and the in-
fluence that thisbook has hadgon
Western civilization cannot tie gain-
THE SUPREME Court has stated
that for a course of Bible instruction to
pass constitutional muster, it must be
taught objectively.
Using guidelines from a 1970 Martin-
sville, Va., case in the which Kiser -
then an attorney - defended that city's
Bible program, the judge said in order
for the classes to be constitutional, the
Bristol School Board must have com-
plete control, teachers must be cer-
tified as elementary educators, the
course should be an elective and must
be taught objectively, and alternatives
should be offered.

Gifted kids learn at camp

(Continued from Page 1)
"Not all our people are weird," she
said. "Most of them are, but not all of
FOR SOME, the experience is a
chance to overcome the feeling of
"weirdness" created by being a little
different than other children.
Randy Zywicki, who will be an
Engineering freshman in the fall, is
teaching photography at the camp. He
remembers coming to the camp in the
seventh-grade as a "kind .of recessed
kid" from a poor, rural area.
"I was different from the other kids,"
he said. "But at the camp I could get
along with kids who were my equals
and I made a lot of friends."
IT CAN ALSO be a chance to get
away from the restrictions of school
and home. After 2:30, their time is their
own, to have squirt gun battles in front
of Betsy Barbour or wander the streets
of Ann Arbor.
"In Hillsdale there is hardly any
diversity of cultures," said eighth-
grader Laura Miller. "It- is mostly
caucasians and there is a lot of
prejudice. I like to walk on campus and
hear people talk different languages,"
she said.
Alex Grossberg, wearing a Michigan
t-shirt, and shorts says one of the best
things about the camp is the chance to
walk around Ann Arbor.
"I LIKE THE freedom of walking
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around the city. - and I would like to
learn more about computers,
photography and the rest of that stuff,"
he said.
A typical day for the young students
means waking up at 7 a.m., in time for a
7:30 a.m. breakfast at West Quad.
From there it's on to workshops where
they try their hand at computer
graphics, explore the University's
genetics or naval architecture labs or
sit in on an astronomy seminar.
Most of the kids come from affluent
Detroit suburbs, according to Susan
Ianna, the program's director.
They must score above average on in-
telligence tests, or have teacher
recommendations, and be able to come
up with the $450 camp fee.

Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
PLO fighting leaves 7 dead
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Fighting intensified in the Bekaa Valley yesterday
between Palestine Liberation Organization rebels and loyalists of chairman
Yas- r Arafat. Police reported seven dead and nine wounded.
A eLO spokesman said two bases previously held by forces loyal to Arafat
had effectively been lost to the rebels.
"The situation in the Bekaa today is dangerous," the PLO news agency
WAFA reported on the 10th straight day of fighting between Afafat loyalists
and rebels in his Fatah faction who began a mutiny in May.
A PLO spokesman said Jdita, an Arafat base 22 miles east of Beirut and a
supply base near Kafr Zabd, 32 miles east of the capital, had effectively been
lost to the rebels.
"Syrian forces are surrounding Fatah positions and threatening to empty
them," WAFA reported.
Conference asks for nuclear ban
TOKYO - Representatives from 31 countries met yesterday to condemn
the world's major powers for "intensifying the nuclear arms race."
The organizing committee of the 1983 World Conference against Atomic
and Hydrogen Bombs appealed for "an end to the arms race and a total ban
on nuclear weapons."
On August 6, the conference will move to Hiroshima, for a mass rally
marking the 1945 nuclear holocaust that killed an estimated 80,000 people.
As the conference opened, about 1,900 women marched on the Seneca Ar-
my Depot in Romulus, New York, to demand ahalt to U.S. deployment of the
Cruise and Pershing missles.
Fourteen of the women were arrested after they climbed a fence at the
depot and planted a pine tree and sunflowers.
The women were met at the entrance to the depot by about 200 counter-
demonstrators who said they objected to alleged disrespect shown for the
American flag.
Sri Lanka asks for U.S. aid
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka, torn by civil clashes it says were
fomented by "one of the great powers," has appealed for a pledge of US
military assistance against foreign invasion, government sources said
The government arrested members of pro-Soviet political parties and was
considering measures to cut down the staff at the Soviet Embassy as calm
returned to most areas after a week of ethnic violence that killed 239 people.
Cabinet ministers have said there is evidence "foreign elements"
masterminded the alleged plot. The Colombo Sun in an editorial yesterday
called for the closing of all Soviet bloc embassies, and specifically those of
the Soviet Union and East Germany.
Highly placed government sources said requests had been made to the
United States, Britain, Pakistan and Bangladesh for pledges of military aid
in the event of any foreign invasion.
The sources said Pakistan and Bangladesh had responded positively to the
request while the Western embassies were consulting their governments.
Chad claims Libya raided town
N'DJAMENA, Chad - The government said Libyan air attacks on Faya-
Largeau eased off yesterday afternoon, and foreign observers doubted a
Libyan claim that President Hissene Habre and his forces were encircled in
the key town in northern Chad.
Western diplomats said the Libyan air attacks yesterday morning ap-
parently were an attempt to prevent Habre from moving forward and were
not part of attempt by former President Goukouni Oueddei's Libyan-backed
rebels to recapture the strategic oasis.
The government charged that Libyan jets raided Faya-Largeau, 500 miles
northwest of N'Djamena, three times yesterday morning, dropping
phosphorus bombs. It claimed the Libyan air attacks began Saturday during
the battle for the town of 10,000 and continued Sunday.
A spokesman for the Habre government called on the United States, Fran-
ce, Morocco, Zaire, Sudan, Egypt and all other "friendly countries" for air
support, and CBS News reported the aircraft carrier Eisenhower had been
put on alert in the Mediterranean.
Weapons flow to Salvadoran
rebels stopped, officials say
WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence believes the smuggling of weapons
from Nicaragua to leftist guerrilas in El Salvador has effectively stopped,
although shipments of medicine, communications gear and some am-
munition are still being detected, officials say.
Administration and congressional sources familiar with the intellience
data said explanations for the drop-off vary. Some credit U.S. interdiction
efforts and pressure on the leftist Nicaraguan government, but others say
the Salvadoran guerrillas simply have all the weapons they need.
The officials, who spoke on condition they not be identified, said the
Salvadoran guerrilas still were using infiltration routs from Nicaragua to
obtain some "specialty" ammunition, medicines, and "top-of-the-line" com-
munications gear.

Woman raped in home
An Ann Arbor woman was allegedly
raped in her West Liberty Street home
early Sunday morning, Ann Arbor
police said.
The suspect, a white male in his
early-to-mid twenties climbed through
a window to rob the house at 5:15 a.m.
police said. When he saw the woman he
allegedly sexually assaulted her and
then forced her to leave the house with
The suspect took the women to
Virginia Park and assaulted her again,
police said. The police have questioned
one suspect and released him. The in-
vestigation is continuing.
- Halle Czechowski

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