The Searcy School District in North Central Arkansas has ordered a high school choir teacher to remove biblical-themed signs and wall hangings on display in her classroom after receiving a complaint from the nation’s largest atheist legal foundation.
The school district recently informed the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation that it has removed Christian displays from the Searcy High School choir room in response to a letter sent to Superintendent Diane Barrett by the organization.
Choir teacher Tina Niederbrach had put up several displays in the school’s choir room that highlighted messages from Scripture.
One display quoted Colossians 3:14: “Love binds us together perfectly in harmony.” Another quoted Psalm 42:1 in stating that “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.”
While those two displays didn’t specifically reference the Bible verses they quoted, other displays in the room did.
One display cited Jeremiah 29:11 in offering a message of hope to students that states: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Another display cited Ephesians 5:19 and read, “Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.”
The teacher was also told to remove words from the gospel song “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.”
In November, FFRF legal fellow Colin McNamara sent a letter to Barrett, arguing that Niederbrach’s Christian displays on public school property constituted an illegal entanglement of government and religion and a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
SOURCE: Samuel Smith