Texas School District Again in Trouble for Church/State Violations

A Texas school district that has a history of church/state violations at football games has now been caught broadcasting Bible verses over the PA system at the high school. And while they denied the football game violations, they can’t deny this one because Hemant has recordings of them doing it.

A student at the school made the recordings, presumably because he knew the principal would lie and claim it didn’t happen, just as they did last fall when it came out that they were broadcasting prayers at the football games and the football coaches were leading the players in prayers. Hemant also cites the blog of the principal, which is linked to from the school website:

Merry Christmas to all and may God be your LIGHT in 2010!

I Believe” has been the foundation for the most of my life. Monday evening, November 9, 2009, I tried to understand why God has been so good to White Oak High School.

The weight of SUCCESS is HUMILITY and our students realize humility begins with a recognition of our dependnece on others and an appreciation of God’s gift of life.

It’s quite obvious what’s going on here. We’ve got a principal who really believes that part of his job is to convert his students, which is blatantly unconstitutional. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which already warned the school about previous violations, is on the case again.

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  • John Pieret

    They never manage to find the part of the Bible that starts “Render unto Caesar” …

  • raven

    If xianity was true, they wouldn’t have to spend so much effort brainwashing kids.

    The gods would be as obvious and taken for granted as trees, water, and rocks.

    Religion survives by lifelong brainwashing starting at birth, backed up by every means of social control known, including murder of defectors. And it still has trouble keeping people in the herd.

    As Hitchens pointed out, without the ability to murder whoever they want, religion is starting to fade away.

  • raven

    …begins with a recognition of our dependence on others and an appreciation of God’s gift of life.

    Standard god babble. If you try to make sense of it, you can’t.

    1. begins with a recognition of our dependence on others

    LOL. Don’t tell the Loonytarians. This is however almost true. Humans are social primates and a lone human is usually a dead human. But we are mutually dependent. You don’t think John Galt mows his own lawn?

    2. and an appreciation of God’s gift of life.

    Meaningless gibberish.

    We know where children, kittens, and puppies come from. And no it doesn’t involve storks, cabbage patches, or gods. It has to do with…reproductive biology. I hope someone told this principle what parents are for somewhere along the line.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Did the principal really spell it “dependnece”?

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    Look, if you’ve created a high school experience that’s so damn hard that the only way to have “SUCCESS” is through the direct intervention of a literally omnipotent being, then maybe, just maybe, you’re on the wrong track with your pedagogical expectations and design.

  • Artor

    They never manage to find the part of the Bible that starts “Render unto Caesar” …

    Or, “Thou shall not bear false witness.”

  • Michael Heath

    Pierce R. Butler writes:

    Did the principal really spell it “dependnece”?

    Most literate people are also prone to having an occasional typo slip by. I’m far more troubled by a principal misusing capital letters. That reeks of an inability to think critically.

  • Chiroptera

    We’ve got a principal who really believes that part of his job is to convert his students….

    Actually, what I think we’ve got is a bully who is giving out a warning to those who don’t really belong.

  • thebookofdave

    while they denied the football game violations, they can’t deny this one

    If the good news of salvation was really important, why does he go to such lengths to deny it? It’s almost as if he knows his actions are wrong, and is hiding them from the law. I wonder if principal Noll knows how much his weak faith and insincere witness of the gospel brings tears of sorrow to the eyes of baby Jesus, or if he understands the meaning of the word humility.

  • Ichthyic

    Actually, what I think we’ve got is a bully who is giving out a warning to those who don’t really belong.

    authoritarianism has always played a large role in xianity, and especially so with fundy xians.

  • Ichthyic

    ..also in support of authoritarianism playing a large role in this is one of the passages the principal chooses to quote:

    “From Luke, Chapter 1, Verse 38: Surrendering is the best demonstration in obedience and trust.”

    which, ironically, he even gets the verse wrong.

  • Ichthyic

    you know what’s also ironic?

    that he chose a chines proverb to suggest the value of learning and knowledge instead of a biblical one (from his website).

    “One must grow in their love of learning. Carlyle wrote, “Love is ever the beginning of Knowledge, as fire is of light.” Remember the Chinese proverb that talks of growing an inquisitive mind. “