Texas District Responds to Church/State Violations at Elementary School by Shutting Down Its Facebook Page October 1, 2014

Texas District Responds to Church/State Violations at Elementary School by Shutting Down Its Facebook Page

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the numerous church/state violations taking place at China Elementary in Texas’ Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District.

Just to offer some quick examples, the school’s Facebook page was full of mentions of the teacher-led “Hawks for Christ” group, not to mention pictures of teachers wearing club shirts — both of which are illegal:

Obviously, the concern here is that the kids will think their school is promoting Christianity, and that’s why it crosses the line. No one’s saying the kids or teachers can’t pray on their own time.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to district officials describing a few of the (many, many) problems at this school, and I’m happy to say the school district finally took some action!

They shut down the Facebook page.

Ongoing controversy regarding a Hardin Jefferson ISD religious group has resulted in administrators removing the China Elementary Facebook page.

The page was used to promote school activities including Hawks for Christ, which supports Christianity among students and meets before class once a week.

That’s it. That’s all they did. The superintendent said he would review policies and procedures without offering any more specifics, so for now, the only action taken by the district is hiding the illegal activities from public view.

It makes as much sense as closing your blinds so your neighbors can’t see how dirty your house is. It doesn’t fix the actual problem; it just makes you look even more guilty than before.

FFRF says they’re not satisfied — as they shouldn’t be. They’ll continue to fight until the teacher-led Christian group is shut down altogether.

(Thanks to Brian for the link. Portions of this article were published earlier)

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