The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which exists to deny people the free expression of their religious beliefs under the assumption that free speech is unconstitutional, is at it again.
Officials at a public high school in Kentucky took down a Bible verse from a locker room wall after a “concerned area resident” complained, FOX News reports.
The self-proclaimed defenders of the religiously oppressed sent a letter to Letcher County Public Schools in Whitesburg, Ky., in November claiming the message, along with two other religious postings at schools in the district, “violates the Constitution” by displaying “religious symbols or messages.”
The offending letters on the wall of the Letcher County Central High School locker room read: “But the Lord is with me like a Mighty Warrior,” attributing the verse as Jeremiah 20:11. School officials removed it in February.
Also confiscated was a bulletin board message at Fleming Neon Middle School that said, “Jesus is my savior You can’t scare me!” and a children’s prayer that appeared at the beginning of the year on the Facebook page of Martha Jane Potter Elementary School.
The relentlessly positive, loving yet offending prayer read:
Dear God, Thank you for the gift of education in every form. As our children prepare to start a new year may confidence be their foundation, may grace be their guide and may hope be their compass toward a bright future. I pray they would 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 comes their way, they do not 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 obediently in a February letter to the FFRF, drawing praise from the Wisconsin-based atheist group.
First Liberty Institute, a law firm that successfully defended the Bladensburg Peace Cross at the Supreme Court, said the district may have taken action too soon. Hiram Sasser, general counsel for First Liberty, told Fox News: “It may be the case that the school committed a First Amendment violation by erasing the messages, but until a full investigation is done, it’s impossible to know the correct legal course.”