Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Georgia Football Monument Must Go, Atheists Demand

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation told the Madison County High School in Danielsville, Georgia that a newly donated granite monument with Bible verses, placed near the football field, is unconstitutional.  Also the American Humanist Association has given the school a two-week demand that the monument either be defaced or removed entirely, otherwise they'll sue. Local residents overwhelmingly support the monument, but initial comments from school superintendent Allen McCannon have been vague.
“If God be for us who can be against us.”
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.”
-- Monument inscriptions
UPDATE 10/16/14: School Board Votes to Deface Monument - Atheists Win

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Georgia Citizens & School Team Up vs. Anti-Prayer Atheists

Tennessee Cheerleaders Defy Atheist-forced Prayer Ban

Thousands vs. Atheists, Prayer at Florida Football

North Carolinians Pray at School, Defying Wisconsin Atheists

Kentucky School Dumps Ten Commandments as Atheist Demand

Also read Atheists Threaten to Sue Every School in Tennessee and in Mississippi but admit they're Short on Lawyers to Sue ALL Christians

-- From "Raiders cap off day of controversy with convincing win" by Dallas Bordon, Madison Journal 9/30/14

A day clouded with controversy surrounding the newly constructed Red Raider monument at the football field house ended in victory on the gridiron as the Madison County defeated Monroe Area 19-6 Friday.

The Madison County school system has been asked by two secular organizations to take down the new monument because of Bible verses engraved on the structure. Quarterback Ethan South summed up the day of controversy following the win.

“Coach (Chris) Smith talked about it before the game and said there’s really nothing we can do about it right now,” South said. “We just came out and played our type of football and no matter what happens we give God glory. Statue or not, he’s still God.”

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From "Madison Co. school under fire about religious quotes on statue" by Wayne Ford, Athens Banner Herald 10/1/14

The content of the [atheists' threatening] letters has not been discussed with the county Board of Education members, although McCannon said he had tried to reach out to members by telephone.

The next regular board meeting is set for Oct. 14, but the board could have an earlier called meeting to discuss the issue, McCannon said.

“I’m in the process of contacting them and seeing what they are going to do,” he said.

However, McCannon said the school board’s attorney is also reviewing the matter.

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From "Bible verse questioned on new football field monument" posted at WSB-TV2 (Atlanta, GA) 9/29/14

The monument was donated with private money to inspire the football team at Madison County High School.

Just across the street a banner in support of the monument shows how the controversy has stirred up parents.

"This whole thing was started by one person who will not come forward and name who he is,” [parent Kim] Shupe said.

. . . The group of parents claim that the majority of the community supports their side to keep the monument just the way it is.

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Also read U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of public prayer, and read the resulting resurgence in public prayer following the Supreme Court decision.