Texas Superintendent Defends Principal Who Reads Bible Verses During Announcements, Calling His Actions “Neutral”
That’s obviously illegal. And it’s not the first time they’ve been caught violating church/state separation. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent them a letter last October concerning prayers said over the loudspeakers during football games and coach-led prayers before the game. The district denied both charges.
They can’t deny the recordings, though. What’s amazing is how they haven’t even bothered to try.
A Texas High School Student Recorded His Principal Reciting Bible Verses During Morning Announcements
Every morning, students at White Oak High School in Texas hear their morning announcements… along with a daily Bible verse read by Principal Dan Noll.
If you’re thinking that sounds illegal… you’d be right. The 1963 Supreme Court case Abington School District v. Schempp put a stop to school-sponsored Bible readings and subsequent rulings have only affirmed that idea.
Even Texas should’ve caught up with the law by now.
How do we know this is going on?
A student at the school recorded the announcements three separate times over the past month and provided me with the audio, which you can hear below for the first time:
Christianity-Promoting School District Says It Will Look Into Teacher-Led Prayers and Nativity Re-Enactments
The other day, I posted about the Eastern Howard School Corporation, a school district that was frequently violating the Constitution with its promotion of Christianity.
Even when confronted with the problem, district officials didn’t seem to care. Superintendent Tracy Caddell said of any potential complaints: “I mean really, what is a parent going to say — that we want you to love my child less or show them less compassion?” He wrongly equated Christianity with compassion, and that mindset permeated throughout the district.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation very quickly sent a letter to Caddell. They sidestepped the more ambiguous endorsements of Christianity and zeroed in on the most obvious ones mentioned in Lauren Slagter‘s story about the district: