Religious posters removed from classroom (September 21, 2015)

A religious poster has been taken down from a sixth-grade teacher’s classroom in Texas after FFRF contacted the school district.

A teacher at River Valley Intermediate School in Woodway, Texas, had a large poster in his classroom reading “In God We Trust,” which also included a bible verse and a proselytizing advertisement: “If you would like to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, call Need Him Ministry at 1-888-NEED-HIM.”

“The District violates the Constitution when it allows its schools to display religious symbols or messages,” wrote FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover in a letter to the Midway Independent School District. “A poster promoting Christianity violates this basic constitutional prohibition by creating the appearance that the District prefers religion over nonreligion and Christianity over all other faiths.”

“The poster in question has been removed from the classroom so that the biblical verse and proselytizing advertisement noted in your correspondence can be removed,” wrote Superintendent George E. Kazanas in a Sept. 21 reply.

Freedom From Religion Foundation