For those who aren’t familiar with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, you should know two things about them: They will tackle even seemingly minor issues of church/state separation (because letting things slide will only make the overall problem worse), and they write letters addressing the vast majority of those incidents because someone affected by it contacted them. They don’t go out looking to stir things up.
So when an Executive Secretary for the Fayette County School Corporation in Indiana ends all of her emails with the signature line, “Hope anchors the soul. Hebrews 6:19,” it’s a problem. And when someone who lives in the district informs FFRF about it, they’re going to act.
FFRF politely asked the District to make sure the administrator “removes all religious references from her email signatures.” It’s inappropriate. It’s illegal. And this would be obvious to outsiders if anyone quoted a line from the Qur’an.
Looks like that worked. The Christian Post reports that Superintendent Scott Collins has already assured FFRF a change will be made:
“Thank you for the notification about this report related to one of our school secretary’s email signature,” Collins wrote. “I contacted her direct supervisor, the school principal last evening [Sept. 20] and notified her about this and the need to have it removed. The principal notified me this morning that she met with and discussed this scripture quote and reference in her email signature and that the secretary… has removed it from her email signature effective today [Sept. 21].”
That’s how it should work. Informed of a problem, the superintendent resolved it with minimal drama. There’s no argument since the law speaks for itself. If only it always happened this way.
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