Pastor Admits School Plaque is There to Proselytize

Remember the elementary school in Texas that has embedded plaques dedicating the school to “the Education of God’s Children and to their Faithful Teachers in the Name of the Holy Christian Church”? A local pastor defending the plaques openly admitted in a Fox News interview that the purpose is to proselytize.

Tiffany Davlin, who organized protests to keep the plaques, told Fox News in a Wednesday interview that the schools should have to keep the plaque because a majority of the parents were Christians and approved of them.

“We’re all about wanting to see the cause of Christ go further,” Pastor Justin Coffman, whose children attend Midlothian ISD schools, explained to Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt. “We want to see the cause of Christ in more public arenas in the American culture. We don’t want to take things away from. We want to see Christ in our schools.”

Thank you for proving the point.

The South Carolina native continued: “And I think, growing up in the South, people in Wisconsin, these atheists in other cities need to understand the culture in the South, and how church is a very integral part of our childhood and growing up, and it’s a very important part for the Southern culture.”

Davlin said that she was upset that a secular group could “come into a community, which is a strong Christian-majority community, and say what we can or cannot have.”

The constitution says that. What part of “the government has no authority to try to change anyone’s religious beliefs” do they not understand?

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  • busterggi

    “it’s a very important part for the Southern culture.”

    So is lynching people for the crime of being black.

  • eric

    We want to see Christ in our schools.”

    So stick crosses on your kids’ folders and fish symbols on your kid’ backpacks. Nothing is preventing the kids from seeing and displaying Christ in their schools.

  • Alverant

    The constitution says that. What part of “the government has no authority to try to change anyone’s religious beliefs” do they not understand?

    What part of “christian privilege” do you not understand? /s

  • Taz

    I believe that second quote is from Ainsley Earhardt, the Fox News interviewer.

  • moarscienceplz

    And I think, growing up in the South, people in Wisconsin, these atheists in other cities need to understand the culture in the South

    Oh yes! The old, “You Yankees just don’t understand Southern culture!”, meme. As in, “We love our Negroes. Really we do! We just don’t want to eat, ride a bus, drink water, in the same places they do.” Is that the kind of “Southern Culture” you had in mind, sweetie?

  • John Pieret

    church is a very integral part of our childhood and growing up

    All fine and well. When, however, did you become confused and begin to think that a public school was a church? Public schools are built and operated with taxpayers’ money and not all them agree with your beliefs, though they may hide that from you because they don’t want to be subjected to your “Christian love,” such as death threats, harassment, vandalism and the like. You have no right to use the government to take those peoples’ money to build a church disguised as a public school.

  • ricko

    “And I think, growing up in the South, people in Wisconsin, these atheists in other cities need to understand the culture in the South,”

    Oh, I am glad the people of the “South” have gotten the message about Wisconsin! As a person raised in the “South”, but now a current “people in Wisconsin” I have to say my Sunday will be much more peaceful.

    Whew.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Sweet. If they get to export “Southern Culture” North, then it must be okay for the Yankees to export Civil Rights South, right?

  • Chiroptera

    I thought the South hasn’t had a “culture” since 1865?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Chiroptera, I think you’re forgetting a little thing called “Smokey and the Bandit”. And the Dukes of Hazzard. And Lee Greenwood!

  • dugglebogey

    Well that’s just stupid. They should be removed because it’s so stupid. It’s a place of education, for fuck’s sake. Having something that stupid in a place of information and knowledge just doesn’t make sense.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Having something that stupid in a place of information and knowledge just doesn’t make sense.

    Well, they have to counter it somehow.

  • sytec

    No surprise here.. I worked in this district (though at the High School), and was struck when our convocation lunch was started with a prayer. That was my first year teaching, and I worked at one other public school in that county which also kicked off convocation with a prayer.

    I do remember that a “freethinker” group did the “Adopt a Highway” right along US 287 going right past the High School. Made me wonder if they are checking the Christian privilege in the district.

  • culuriel

    I await Bill Maher’s rant on “Southern Culture”.