Atheists, Humanists Demand Georgia School District to Remove Scripture from Sculpture

By Boaz Wadel

A prominent atheist activist organization and a nationally-recognized humanist group are demanding that a Georgia school district remove two Scripture verses from a sculpture that sits outside of the field house of a local high school.

The Madison,Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) and the Washington, D.C.-based American Humanist Association (AHA) recently both sent letters to officials with the Madison County School District in Danielsville, Georgia in regard to a monument that was recently erected at Madison County High School.

In addition to the school logo and the slogan "Home of the Red Raiders," the sculpture at issue contains two Bible verses: "If God be for us, who can be against us?" from Romans 8:31 and "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" from Philippians 4:13. The monument was paid for by private funds, but the identity of the sponsor has not been revealed.

FFRF and AHA contend that because the sculpture is placed on public school property, the inclusion of Scripture on the monument is a violation of the "separation of church and state" because it suggests that the school prefers Christianity over other religions-or Godlessness.

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