Some parents are frustrated and pushing back after an atheist activist group complained and successfully urged a public school district in Texas to remove a Bible verse from its website.
Before staffers Freedom From Religion Foundation stepped in, text from 1 Samuel 17:48 was present on the homepage for the Troup Independent School District. The verse reads, “As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.”
The Freedom From Religion Foundation considered the presence of the verse to be a violation of the separation of church and state, with attorney Sam Grover writing a letter to Superintendent Stuart Bird that proclaimed, “Public schools may not advance or promote religion.”
“No public school may urge religious viewpoints on students by granting special status to a religious text like the bible,” Grover continued.
The letter was successful and the verse was removed, though the story of David and Goliath is still referenced on the homepage — something that the Freedom From Religion Foundation said is permitted as “this is a prominent story in popular culture and contemporary culture.”
The Bible verse, though, was seen as a flagrant “religious endorsement.”