Remember this locker room at Letcher County Central High School in Whitesburg, Kentucky?
A couple of months ago, the Freedom From Religion Foundation pointed out that there’s nothing legal about a public school promoting the biblical verse “But the Lord is with me like a Mighty Warrior. Jeremiah 20:11.” It wasn’t even the district’s only church/state violation.
There’s even a picture:
FFRF commends the district for taking action to address these complaints and taking a critical step to ensure all students’ views are honored. Given that almost two-fifths of younger Americans — those born after 1987 — are nonreligious, the presence of this sort of religious iconography in schools is particularly exclusionary.
“We applaud the district for taking action to remedy this violation,” comments FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “Students in our public schools are free to practice any religion they choose — or none at all.”
It shouldn’t take a letter (or public shaming) for a school district to do the right thing, but a huge debt of gratitude goes to the person who alerted FFRF to the violation. Because that person spoke up, the issue is now resolved.
(Thanks to Brian for the link)