NM Schools Defer to the Constitution — Sometimes They DO Get It Right

A school in New Mexico has removed a Christian mural from its walls after a complaint from Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The large mural in the Freshman Academy of the Clovis Municipal School District in Clovis, N.M. depicted a dove and the Bible verse:

“Hope anchors the soul — Hebrews 6:19.” 

The FFRF sent a letter to the school telling them to remove the mural.

The letter says in part:

“Religion is a divisive force in public schools. The display alienates those nonreligious students, families, teachers and members of the public whose religious beliefs are inconsistent with the message being promoted by the school.” 

Within an hour-and-a-half of receiving the letter, the Superintendent replied saying that the school was in the process of painting over the mural to remove it.

FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor says:

“We are pleased that the school district reacted with alacrity to remedy this violation. This action ensures that all of its students — of any religious background or no religious background — feel welcome and included.” 

Chris Line, a representative for the FFRF said:

“Schools cannot promote religion. They need to be neutral religion. So in this case, what they’re doing is by putting a Christian message from the Christian Bible up on the wall, they’re promoting Christianity. They’re showing a preference.”

The mural was painted over four years ago. The district would not comment on who had the original idea for the mural.

Clovis has been in the middle of a church-state fight before. In 2003, they removed a Ten Commandments monument from their county courthouse.

Featured image via YouTube screenshot.

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