Kentucky high school cleans locker room bible verse after atheist group complains

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A Kentucky public high school removed an inspiring Bible verse from locker rooms after a “resident of the affected area” complained.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter to Letcher County Public Schools in Whitesburg, Ky., In November, claiming that the message above the lockers, along with two other religious messages at other schools in the district, “violate the Constitution” by displaying “religious symbols or messages”.

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Bold letters on the wall of the sports locker rooms at Letcher County Central High School read, “But the Lord is with me as a mighty warrior,” with attribution to Jeremiah 20:11. But in February, school officials pulled it out.

Letcher Central High School in Whitesburg, Ky. Painted a locker room Bible verse after a complaint.
(Foundation for Religious Freedom)

A bulletin board message posted at Fleming Neon Middle School that read, “Jesus is my Savior, you cannot scare me!” and a prayer for the children on the Martha Jane Potter Elementary School Facebook page at the start of the school year.

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“Dear God, thank you for the gift of education in all its forms. As our children prepare to start a new year, trust be their foundation, grace be their guide and hope be their compass towards a bright future. I pray that they will. have eyes to see the needs of those around them and a heart to love well. May they face each day with positivity knowing that no matter what happens to them , they don’t have to face it alone. Amen. “

“The bulletin board has been replaced, the Facebook post has been removed and the locker room has been repainted,” Superintendent Denise Yonts wrote in a February letter to the FFRF.

Yonts’ actions have been hailed by the Wisconsin atheist group.

“We commend the district for taking action to address this violation,” said Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-chair, in a statement. “Students in our public schools are free to practice whatever religion they choose, if any. “

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First Liberty Insitute, a religious freedom law firm that successfully defended the Bladensburg Peace Cross in the Supreme Court, said the district may have taken action too soon.

“It is unfortunate that the school took such drastic action before fully examining the complaint and conducting a proper investigation into the substantive facts,” Hiram Sasser, general counsel for First Liberty, told Fox News. “The school may have violated the First Amendment by deleting the posts, but until a full investigation is done, it is impossible to know the correct legal course.”

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