Bibles verses displayed at Post Office removed (August 19, 2014)

A post office in Richmond, Calif., removed bible verses posted at every employee time clock.

A concerned employee contacted FFRF that a sign quoting 1 Peter 4:15 (“But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a ‘busybody’ in other people’s matters”) from the New Testament was posted on the internal bulletin boards. FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell sent a letter to the branch, pointing out that the display directly violates post office regulations:

“Bulletin boards and other posting space in the Post Office lobbies and other public access areas may not be used for posting or display of the following: . . . . Religious symbols or matter including but not limited to nativity scenes and the Star of David.”

“By displaying this bible verse on its postal property, the Richmond post office branch is illegally demonstrating a preference for religion, specifically Christianity,” Cavell wrote.

On Aug. 19, the United States Postal Service responded that the verses were removed. “Employees at the facility will be re-instructed through a Stand-Up Talk regarding the policies related to posting items near time clocks and on internal bulletin boards.”

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