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Published On: Mon, Sep 29th, 2014

Georgia high school statue with Biblical verses unconstitutional says atheists, humanists

A Georgia high school is under attack by an atheist group over a statue which has two Biblical verses inscribed on it and his touched by the football team, claiming this is a violation of the constitution.
Both the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the American Humanist Association are demanding that the county remove the monument or remove the religious inscriptions.

photo/screenshot Fox news coverage

photo/screenshot Fox news coverage

AHA legal director David Noise said: “It was a colossal lapse of judgment to allow the monument as part of the public school environment. It sends a clear message that the school favors Christianity, despite the fact that it is a public school that must welcome all students.”

The statue at Madison County High School in Danielsville has two verses from the bible: Romans 8:31 and Philippians 4:13. It was paid for by a donor.
The Madison’s Red Raiders team has a tradition to touch the statue as they head to the football field.
“They think it gives them good luck. I say we live in a free nation and let’s exercise our freedoms and beliefs,” said Morris Stevens, whose sons play football for the team, WXIA reported.
The school is reportedly looking into the matter.
“I think everybody ought to just leave it alone and let God run this earth like he does,” said Johnny Kinley to Fox.
Rufus Phelps hopes the community has a say-so.

“I think they should let the community decide and not just poor it in the school board’s hands.”

The board is scheduled to meet on the second Tuesday of next month, and residents tell us they will be there to voice their opinions.

Photo is screenshot: Fox video coverage
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