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March 7, 2020

Bible Verse Scrubbed From Locker Room After ‘Concerned’ Citizen Complains

A Wisconsin-based group of atheists, agnostics, and freethinkers bullied a Kentucky school district into scrubbing a Bible verse from a locker room and religious messages from a bulletin board and a Facebook post.

A Wisconsin-based group of atheists, agnostics, and freethinkers bullied a Kentucky school district into scrubbing a Bible verse from a locker room and religious messages from a bulletin board and a Facebook post.

“But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior,” was written in bold letters inside a locker room at Letcher County Central High School. The Bible verse is from the Old Testament, Jeremiah 20:11.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote a letter on behalf of a “concerned” citizen calling on the school district to remove the Bible verse from the wall.

“The District violates the Constitution when it allows its schools to display religious symbols or messages," FFRF attorney Christopher Line wrote. "This display, as well as the previously reported displays, violate this basic constitutional prohibition by creating the appearance that the District prefers religion over non-religion and Christianity over all other faiths.”

As the FFRF attorney noted, it’s not the first time that the school district has run afoul of the law.

Last year, “concerned citizens” got triggered by a bulletin board at Fleming Neon Middle School that said, “Jesus is my savior. You can’t scare me.”

And other “concerned citizens” were also aggrieved by a prayer posted on the Martha Jane Potter Elementary School Facebook page.

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.

“These religious displays are particularly inappropriate given that about 38 percent of Americans born after 1987 are not religious,” Line wrote.

In response, the district grabbed a bucket of paint and commenced to a religious cleansing of the government-run schools.

“The bulletin board has been replaced, the Facebook post has been removed, and the locker room has been repainted," Superintendent Denise Yonts wrote to FFRF.

Instead of bowing down to the out-of-town atheists, the school district should’ve stood its ground and fought back. The answer is to never cower. Just remember, America — when godless heathens try to stir a stink, the Lord is with you like a mighty warrior.

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