An American public middle school has ordered a teacher to remove a Christian cross and a Bible quote from a classroom wall. The teacher complied and took down the offending items.
The Bible quote was the much used verse from Jeremiah 29:11 which reads: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
It’s alleged a ‘concerned parent’ reported the English teacher’s actions to a secular group that advocates for a strict separation of church and state. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) then complained to the school in Terre Haute, Indiana that “allowing a public school teacher to have religious displays in the classroom violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the US Constitution.”
“Public school teachers cannot constitutionally use their positions to promote their personal religious beliefs to students,” it asserted. The Christian Post reports the school agreed it could not be seen to be forcing one’s beliefs on to others.
Conservative commentator Todd Starnes described the FFRF as “a radical gang of atheists and agnostic activists based in Wisconsin and that the local school corporation surrendered to the out-of-town atheists.”
He said on his radio broadcast transcribed on toddstarnes.com: “To our knowledge, not a single student spontaneously converted at the sight of the cross or the Bible verse. Nor did the teacher hold any Billy Graham-style revival services.”
He claimed: “The Department of Education’s own guidelines affirm the rights of teachers to practice their faith on school property. Teachers do not surrender their religious liberty at the schoolhouse door.”
“My recommendation is for the good church-going people of Terre Haute to mobilise. Every pastor should be addressing this issue from the pulpit. Sunday school teachers and youth pastors should be organising peaceful protests.”
“And most importantly, thousands of citizens should turn out at the next school board meeting to let their elected leaders know they will not tolerate a bunch of godless heathens trying to throw the Almighty out of the classroom.”
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