Texas School District Tapes over Christian Plaques After Atheist Complaint
ICC Note: A Texas school district is taping over dedication plaques placed in the walls of the school that have overt references to God after receiving complaints from the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). The school district plans to completely remove the plaques in the near future. While the local community supports the plaques, the FFRF argues they violate the establishment clause of the constitution and in effect are a government endorsement of religion. Across the United States efforts are being made to remove references to faith completely from the public sphere.
8/28/2014 United States (ChristianNews) – A public school district in Texas has covered two dedication plaques that referenced God with duct tape after a prominent atheist activist organization asserted that the displays did not belong on school property.
The Midlothian Independent School District has confirmed that a plaque has been covered at Mountain Peak Elementary School and Longbranch Elementary School due to the complaint.
“Dedicated in the year of our Lord 1997 to the education of God’s children and their faithful teachers in the name of the Holy Christian Church,” the dedication plaques read. “Soli Deo Gloria.”
Last year, an anonymous resident contacted the Madison,Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) about the plaques, which in turn sent a letter to the district to demand that they be removed.
But others state that Stewart should not have folded so easily. Parents held a prayer gathering on Wednesday at the school flag poles, and a protest is scheduled for today at the district administration building. The Facebook group “Bring Back the Plaques” also has over 4,800 members.
“Let’s send a clear message to MISD that we don’t want to be bullied around just because one person didn’t like the plaques,” a description of the group states. “[W]e as Midlothian citizens and parents say enough is enough! We will stand behind MISD should lawsuits be filed! … The schools’ decisions should be a representation of the city it serves. People move here because of the conservative values that this town holds! Perhaps, MISD just needs that reminder.”
The Plan0-based Liberty Institute, a Christian legal organization in the state, says that it is contemplating involvement in the matter.
“It should go without saying that a public elementary school may not proclaim ‘glory to God alone’ nor dedicate itself to a particular church,” FFRF said in a statement to local television station KFOR.