After Inquiry, Principal Removes the Word ‘Creator’ from School Creed

The other day, I posted about Hope Elementary Charter School, a taxpayer-funded school in North Carolina that had a school creed with a questionable reference:

Students are encouraged to memorize the Creed and recite the creed daily after morning announcements.

I am special because I have been made in the Creator’s image

Even though the school was originally established in 1998 as a private Christian school, they’ve been a public charter school since 2001. That reference had no business being there.

So I emailed Principal Clarissa Fleming asking why it was there, explaining why it shouldn’t be there, and requesting a response.

I’m pleased to report that she wrote back to me to say that there is no longer a reference to any “Creator.”

The new creed shortens that first line, removing God in the process:

Students are encouraged to memorize the Creed and recite the creed daily after morning announcements.

I am special.

That’s quick action on the part of the principal, so I thank her for making the change. I only wish she would have done it herself many years ago.

Sometimes, all it takes to make change happen is raising awareness about the issue.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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