Georgia School Board Unanimously Votes to Remove Scripture From Sculpture

school board in Georgia has voted unanimously to remove two Scriptures from a sculpture that sits outside of the field house at a local high school after a prominent humanist and atheist organization asserted that the use of the verses violated the U.S. Constitution. The Madison County School Board voted Tuesday night following a nearly two hour hearing over the matter that drew approximately 150-200 area residents, many of whom were present to support the monument’s inclusion of the Bible verses. Three citizens spoke to the board to represent those who believed the sculpture should not be altered to appease those who take issue with the citation of Scripture. As previously reported, the 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 district in regard to a monument that had been 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.

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