California school official compares atheist lawsuit over Bible readings to Paris massacre
'Man holding a Bible' [Shutterstock]

A California school board member invoked the recent attacks in Paris while defending the board from a lawsuit demanding they stop Bible readings and public prayers when conducting board meetings, the Daily Bulletin reports.

The Chino Valley Unified school board instructed the district's top administrator to hire an attorney to defend the board — without pay– against a lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation..

The suit, filed in November, accuses the board of conducting their meeting like church services and is demanding they stop.

According to the complaint, “The meetings resemble a church service more than a school board meeting, complete with Bible readings by the Board members, Bible quotations by Board members, and other statements by Board members promoting the Christian religion."

The board voted 3-2 to seek legal counsel with one board member, Andrew Cruz, defending the Bible readings by comparing the suit to the recent shooting in Paris by terrorists.

“What is happening today, what the terrorists are doing, but what is really important is that you can’t look at the direction of the terrorist, you’ve got to look at the direction of our leaders because what our leaders are doing is they are eroding our rights and they’re also moving away from God,” Cruz explained. “It’s so bizarre when you really think about it, that a century ago they had people who were promoting freedom, our rights, and now things have changed dramatically.

Cruz, who was recently elected to the board, quotes Psalms 43:8 and 10 on his LinkedIn page: "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground."