Education

Atheist and Humanist Groups Join to Fight a Small Georgia School’s Freedom of Religion

The ridiculous and disgusting war on Christianity continues. This time, an atheist organization from Madison, Wisconsin called Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) and a humanist group based in Washington, D.C. called the American Humanist Association (AHA) have banded together to try and kill the religious freedoms of some kids in a small town in Georgia.

At issue is a monument that was erected at Madison County High School in Danielsville, Georgia. The Sculpture contains two Bible verses – Romans 8:31 “If God be for us, who can be against us?” and Phillippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” It also has the school logo and the slogan “Home of the Red Raiders” emblazoned across it.

MonumentThe monument was donated by a private group or individual, and as such cost the local government NOTHING.

However the FFRF and the AHA are both arguing that the monument somehow violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

“The district violates the Constitution when it allows its schools to display religious symbols messages. Schools may not advance, prefer or promote religion,” the letter from FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel asserted. “The Bible verses on this monument violate this basic constitutional prohibition by creating the appearance that the school, and by extension the district, prefer religion to non-religion and Christianity to all other religions.”

“[T]he school’s prominent inclusion of Bible verses in a large permanent monument unconstitutionally ‘convey[s] a message that religion or a particular religious belief is favored,’” concurred Monica Miller with AHA. “There is no question that the permanent monument placed on the school’s property is ‘state-sponsored’ and thus, prohibited by the Establishment Clause.”

However, the school is not violating the Constitution in any way.

Read the Establishment Clause and tell me what you think…

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…

christianspersecutedIs there anything in there about a local school accepting a gift for their football stadium? When did our public schools become “Congress?” We have allowed liberal atheist and humanist groups far too much latitude in their fight against Christianity and it’s coming back to bite us.

Danielsville, Georgia is a small town in exurban Northeast Georgia. The culture there is very conservative and the dominant religion is Christianity. The monument is simply a reflection of the community in which it resides. By attacking the ability of the community to erect a monument which reflects their culture and belief, the FFRF and AHA are simply engaging in their own fight to stifle the liberty of Christian Georgians. The monument doesn’t demand the students’ observance, nor does it make a claim to the superiority of Christianity.

I wonder if the FFRF or AHA would care if the school had instead erected a monument with this

“Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.” – Confucius

No, of course they wouldn’t care! Neither would the local Christian community, even though Confucianism is a religion that none of them practice…

The attacks from the FFRF and the AHA are an attack on religious freedom, not a defense of it, and it’s time we all recognized that.

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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