Public School Erects Monument With Bible Verses, Atheist Group Objects

| by Michael Allen

The new Madison County High School made its debut last month with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was attended by hundreds of people in Danielsville, Ga.

“It’s a great day to be a Red Raider,” Madison County School Superintendent Allen McCannon said at the ceremony.

According to, the Madison County High School was renovated with a sales tax, grant funds and a private donation.

The new campus includes a three-story building, air-conditioned gym and a football field. It will also serve as the new home for a college and career academy.

“I know this community is proud of this facility and the support and opportunities it will give our students for many years to come,” Madison County High School principal George Bullock stated at the August ceremony.

Georgia State School Superintendent John Barge added, “It’s clear to me that Madison County is serious about providing the best education possible for students by providing as many options as possible for students."

However, none of the school officals mentioned the "Red Raider" monument, which was also unveiled. The monument honors the football team, but also includes the line, "If God be for us, who can be against us?" which appears in the Bible in Romans 8:31.

There is also a reference to Philippians 4:13, which says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." The monument states: “I can do all things” and “Strengthen me."

Pictures of the monument were posted on the Madison County Journal's Facebook page.

According to a press release, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent the Madison County School District a letter that claimed the "Red Raider" monument’s Bible verses, combined with the high school’s logo, is saying that the school district endorses Christianity, which violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

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