I say, that’s not very legal.

There’s a great deal of hullabaloo going on with the Kountze school district down in Texas surrounding the obviously Christian banners the cheerleaders hold up at football games, as well as the community’s vocal insistence that it’s somehow not illegal.  It has the same feel as the Jessica Ahlquist case, where the religious people in the community don’t know squat about the law, but are willing to bet a lot of money earmarked for education on their legal opinions.  It’s just depressing.

So let’s add to the depression.  I got sent this photo today by a parent of a child in the district.  It’s from the wall of that child’s kindergarten.

Maybe it’s from a student-run club…in a kindergarten…full of 5-6 year-olds.

This is not legal.  What’s more, it makes me worry that the administrators of these schools value proselytizing their faith over educating their students.  That is an embarrassing set of priorities for the administrators of a school, and it may very well become costly when it comes time to decide whether or not to go to court over banners or this poster.  Just ask the administrators of Cranston High School West how that turned out for them.

For fuck’s sake, can we just let Rick Perry and Texas be their own nation?  Matt Dillahunty and Beth Presswoord, come to Ohio and live with me!

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Rob

    For fuck’s sake, can we just let Rick Perry and Texas be their own nation?

    Carve Austin out first, there’s at least some sanity here.

    • http://skepticalimerick.blogspot.com/ Rich Stage

      Don’t leave Austin there. Airlift it out, then it can be a beautiful island community in Lake Erie.

  • Randy

    When I first heard this story, the slant from the pro-god side seemed to be along the lines of that photo you were sent: it’s just some little signs we make, why is no one allowed to even mention god anymore, etc etc. Then I came across some of the photos, like those shown in the link, of the huge freaking banners, made by the school, presented on the field for the players to run through. My first thought if I had seen those without the story was that it was a football game with a team from a Catholic school. But a public school? Another lovely example of the “boo-hoo, I can’t even pray to my god anymore in this country crowd.” Keep up the good work, JT!

  • Rich Wilson

    Oh I’m sure it was totally the students. Which makes me wonder what responsible school teacher lets a 5/6 year old use a laminator…

  • http://exconvert.blogspot.com Kacy

    Thank you for sharing the photo, JT. And let’s not allow Texas to secede (again). There are people, even in the smaller towns, working towards tolerance. It may take another 30 years to get there, but we’re moving in the right direction.

  • wflarry

    And now the Texas AG is said to be getting involved. On the wrong side of course. I hate living in this state. Add Houston to the “partial sanity” list. We have an openly gay mayor, and **SHE** was re-elected to a second term last year!

  • BigMrE

    Yet again it is made clear that the Union victory in the American Civil War was the single greatest catastrophe to ever befall our nation.

  • Courtney C.

    Hey. Don’t leave me to these people! >:-|

  • John Horstman

    I favor a two-state solution: I propose “Jesusland, the Patriotic States of America of Freedom” and “South Canadia”.

    • Anonymous Atheist

      The problem with all of these ‘separate the religious nuts from the rational’ wishes is that the remaining Jesusland would have significant military resources, and no sane people mixed in to hold them back from using it to have their Armageddon…

  • Alicia

    You guys seriously need to get a grip on reality. God is alive and well. I’ll be praying for you all.

    • http://talkorigins.org jatheist

      Alicia wrote: “God is alive and well.”

      Then where the fuck has he been? It’s almost exactly like some human invention, constructed to keep the masses in line…

      Alicia cont’d: “I’ll be praying for you all.”

      And I’ll be thinking for you.

    • Drakk

      You guys seriously need to get a grip on reality.

      I’m not the one who believes in shit like talking snakes.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t agree with what is going on either, but…..
    I’m glad your taking a “parents’ word that this sign was found in a Kindergarten classroom. I know this is just a blog, not a respectable journalistic piece, but it makes it hard to believe anything else you say. This sign is NOT in a kindergarten classroom, nor has it ever been. Check it out for yourself.

    • tubi

      Where is it, then? On a wall in the school somewhere? Still not OK, classroom or otherwise, unless it’s there temporarily for a meeting of an after-school Bible club or something, and even then, I’d question it.

    • Azkyroth

      Why should we believe you over the parent? We at least know the parent was actually there to see it; you could be, and probably are, some completely random troll making shit up to sow FUD.