While we’re on the subject of the challenges high school atheists are up against, the Secular Student Alliance group at La Porte High School in Texas wanted to put up flyers advertising their group. To make that happen, the school administration had to approve the design (a standard procedure at high schools).
When they submitted a design for approval, this is the message they got back from the principal:
The principal’s note at the top — in reference to the definition of an atheist — reads:
Will not allow this because it could disrupt the educational process at LPHS
Keep in mind they didn’t say, “God is evil” or “Religion is for fools” or anything designed to evoke a negative reaction from other students. They just flat out wrote what an atheist is. They said it wasn’t a bad word. They said atheists don’t believe in god. And yet, the principal thinks that could hurt the education process.
Someone please explain to me how that could be disruptive…
***Update***: This was posted on the LPHS SSA Facebook page:
Hello, everyone. This is Michael Carney, leader of this group. I’d like to thank you all for your support. It really means a lot. The poster situation is on its way to being resolved, and thanks to all of you, I think we’ll get a positive outcome. Again, thank you all. I really appreciate it.