A Connecticut public charter school teacher has been forced to remove a Bible verse displayed on her profile outside the classroom following complaints from an atheist group.
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Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), the biggest atheist group in the United States, has complained to a Connecticut public charter school board of directors regarding one employee's display of the Bible verse on her profile. The verse in question is Philippians 4:13, which reads, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," The Christian Post details.
The atheist group claims the Bible verse on display is unconstitutional and inappropriate, since public schools are not allowed to promote religion. FFRF also claims the display alienates the students, families, teachers, and other people who are either nonreligious or whose own beliefs clash with it.
"Public schools may not advance, prefer or promote religion," said FFRF managing staff attorney Rebecca Markert in their complaint letter to chair of the board James Michel. "Courts have continually held that school districts may not display religious messages or iconography in public schools," she continued.
In response to FFRF's complaint, Jumoke Academy Charter School in Hartford told the involved academic assistant to take down the verse. The school's executive director, Troy Monroe, also said they have already reminded the teacher that the institution is a public school that should comply with rules on separation of church and state.
FFRF may have succeeded in removing a Bible verse from a teacher's profile, but its efforts to have a "God Bless America Sign" in Pittsburgh taken down have backfired.
Earlier this year, employees of the Pittsburgh Post Office were ordered to remove a "God Bless America" banner which was originally put up after the 9/11 attacks. After the FFRF complained about the banner, employees took money out of their own pockets for a similar banner next door and on other businesses around the area, The Morning Sun reports.
According to the residents, the "God Bless America" banner has nothing to do with political correctness or religion. Instead, they put up the banner in commemoration of the 9/11 attacks and to show support for the American troops.