Religion

Bible Verse Removed from School Website (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Parents in Troup, Texas, are upset because a Bible verse was recently removed from the Troup Independent School District website following a complaint by atheist organization, Freedom From Religion Foundation (video below).

The site used to read:

1 Samuel 17:48 says, 'As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.' In Troup ISD we work to engender the spirit of attacking the problems that present themselves day in and day out. Teaching the students to run to meet the giants in their lives is a goal we fully embrace. Welcome to the Troup ISD web site. We trust that you will be able to find everything you are looking for and remember, you are always welcome at Troup ISD.

This language has since been reworded:

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As the giant moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. In Troup ISD we work to engender the spirit of attacking the problems that present themselves day in and day out. Teaching the students to run to meet the giants in their lives is a goal we fully embrace. Welcome to the Troup ISD web site. We trust that you will be able to find everything you are looking for and remember, you are always welcome at Troup ISD.

Some parents see the rewording as an attack on their faith.

"Their goal was to get religion out of our school and they, in fact, did the opposite," Brittany Taylor, a local parent, told KYTX.

"We support our school fully," Taylor added. "They kind of had their hands tied in the situation and we wanted to fight back for them."

The fighting back includes ordering T-shirts for students that read, "Our God is bigger."

Sam Grover, a lawyer with FFRF, explained the group's issue, "Under the federal constitution, a government entity like a school district can't endorse one religious belief over others or religion generally over non-religion," Raw Story reports.

The parents are planning to send pictures of their children wearing the T-shirts to the FFRF.

"It will be in our children's hearts and they will not stop praising God because a group told them to," Taylor added.

FFRF has not told the children to stop praising their god of their choice, but the parents' misinformation appears to have spread to some of the students.

"I'm hoping that we get to put it back up because everybody should have freedom of religion," Jesse Calley, a seventh grade student, said.

Troup ISD did not respond when asked for a comment from KYTX.

Sources: KYTX, Raw StoryTroup Independent School District, Troup Independent School District via Archive.org / Photo Credit: KYTX via SanVic/YouTube 

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