Target: Jim Kober, President of the Mount Vernon Independent School District
Goal: Remove Bible verses and Christian proselytizing materials from public school walls.
Dozens of quotes extolling the virtues of the Bible and Christianity litter the halls in the schools of Texas’ Mount Vernon Independent School District—a public school system. This is a blatant violation of the separation of church and state. Demand that this district remove these proselytizing materials as soon as possible.
It’s being reported that there are a litany of violations of the Constitutional right to freedom of religion throughout the Mount Vernon Independent School District. A kindergarten teacher, for instance, is alleged to have 10 Christian crosses hung on the wall adjacent to her desk. Similarly, a Spanish teacher at the high school has printed and hung up a specially-made list of Bible verses for her classroom wall.
Beyond these individual violations, however, are religious quotes actually painted onto the hallway walls of the district schools that are much harder to dismiss off hand. These include at least seven verses taken directly from the Bible, as well as—insidiously—dozens of quotes that are ostensibly from famous public figures that advocate for Christianity’s privileged position in America’s government, but that are actually totally misattributed.
According to the schools’ walls, for example, Ronald Reagan once said “Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face,” and George Washington once said “It is impossible to govern a nation without God and the Bible.” The trouble is that these two never actually said these things.
There are Constitutional protections against this kind of religious indoctrination for a reason, and public school districts cannot just ignore them without facing consequences. Sign the petition below to demand that the Mount Vernon Independent School District remove all Christian advocacy from its schools at once.
Dear President Kober,
I am writing you today regarding the allegations that have been leveled against your school district from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. These are serious accusations and if they are indeed true you need to take immediate action to rectify them.
You run a system of public schools. As public schools, they are held to a certain number of standards based on our nation’s laws and on the Constitution itself. With these comes the standard of the separation of church and state.
According to the this organization’s report, you and your district are in absolutely shameless violation of this standard. Abiding by this protection is not optional. It is mandatory, regardless of your own, your fellow school board members’, or your teachers’ personal religious convictions.
The United States is not a Christian nation, and you conducting your schools in such a way as that is both intellectually dishonest and unconstitutional. I demand that you immediately remove all Christian proselytization from your district’s schools at once.
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