Searcy High Removes Religious Material


The Freedom From Religion Foundation has harmonized an Arkansas high school’s choral area.

Last fall, it was brought to FFRF’s attention that Searcy High School’s choral director had placed several Christian-themed posters on the walls of the high school chorus room. Most contained bible verses, including: Ephesians 5:19 (“Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord”); Colossians 3:14 (“Love binds us together in perfect harmony”); and Psalms 42:1 (“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God”). Another poster displayed lyrics from the gospel song “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” (“Precious Lord take my hand, lead me on, let me stand”).

In a letter sent to Searcy School District Superintendent Diane Barrett, FFRF warned the district that it violated the U.S. Constitution by allowing a display of religious symbols or messages. Courts have continually held that school districts may not display religious messages or iconography in public schools.

“Public schools may not advance, prefer, or promote religion,” wrote FFRF Robert G. Ingersoll Legal Fellow Colin E. McNamara. “This display violates this basic constitutional prohibition by creating the appearance that the district prefers religion over nonreligion, and Christianity over all other faiths.”   MORE

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