Parents and children in the town of Troup, Texas, are protesting a move by the Freedom From Religion Foundation asking them to remove a Scripture reference from their website, and they’re doing it in an unusual way.
In January 2016, the Troup Independent School District was asked by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) to remove the reference for a Bible verse from their website. The verse in question (1 Samuel 17:48) was used on the site to point to the story of David and Goliath. The FFRF claims, “It is well settled that public schools may not advance or promote religion. No public school may urge religious viewpoints on students by granting special status to a religious text like the Bible.”
In compliance with the FFRF’s request, the school district has changed the front page of their site to still refer to the story and the students can learn from it, but excludes the reference.
You’d think that would be the end of the story. But the community of Troup is not amused that an out-of-state organization has found the school district’s website and forced compliance. In a peaceful type of protest, the community has printed t-shirts that say “Our God is Bigger #1Samuel 17:48.” Parents intend to take pictures of their children wearing the shirts and then send the pictures to the FFRF.
Cindy Carnes is a parent of a Troup ISD student and is selling the shirts for $7. On her Facebook page, Cindy stated, “I know that lots of hands are tied, but as parents and students our hands are not. We can take something that was meant to stand against God and use it for His glory by getting our kids involved in taking a stand for God and exercising our freedom to actively praise and worship Him.”
In a video posted on myeasttexas.com, the superintendent of Troup ISD says, “Troup, Texas, is a very religious place, I think. I think the churches and schools are the most important thing here. That’s what people stand for and I think they believe in us and believe in the churches and I think that’s the most important thing.”
What do you think of Troup’s peaceful protest?