An atheist organization is demanding that a Georgia high school remove a two-ton sculpture because of its biblical messages.
In August, Madison County High School installed a granite statue at their new football field. The statue, donated as a gift, stands between the field house and the football field itself.
The statue contains biblical quotes, drawing the expected whining from uninformed atheists who believe the Constitution was written to keep religion out of the government — including government-run schools — instead of the other way around.
The Appignani Humanist Legal Center wrote a letter demanding “that the school district remove the monument immediately or at a minimum, remove the religious references from the monument,” according to the New York Daily News.
The group claims to have written the letter after a citizen of the school district complained about the presence of the religious references to the atheists.
The monument cites Romans 8:31 and Philippians 4:13, two verses not uncommonly cited in athletic competitions. They read, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” and “I can do all things. Strengthen me.”
The statue has already become a tradition with the Madison County High School Red Raiders, whose players touch it as they enter the field for each game.
Parent Morris Stevens, who has two sons on the team, said he supports keeping the statue in place. “I say we live in a free nation and let’s exercise our freedoms and beliefs,” he said.
Whether or not the school system agrees is another story.
“We have discussed the situation with our attorneys and are in the process of responding to the entities and forming a plan to deal with the situation,” school Superintendent Allen McCannon said.
What that response will look like, only time will tell. One thing we know for sure: however school officials respond to this complaint, angry atheists won’t be satisfied.
They’ll just move on to find something else to be offended by.