School District Bans Jesus, Bibles, Angels and Prayer

By Todd Starnes Published on October 5, 2016

Jesus just got kicked out of public schools in Henry County, Georgia.

The school district fired off a directive to school administrators ordering them to eradicate anything remotely religious from all public school buildings. One of my readers sent me a copy of the directive from the Henry County School District that was relayed to the staff at East Lake Elementary School.

“You are hereby directed to remove all items which contain religious symbols, such as crosses, printed bibles, angels, bible verses, printed prayers, and biblical quotations from the common areas, hallways, classrooms, and office of East Lake Elementary School,” the edict read.

“Further … religious and biblical references should not be included in notes to parents, email signature lines, or any other correspondence sent on behalf of East Lake Elementary School,” the edict continued.

But the Henry County School District wasn’t quite finished with their orders to eradicate religion from the school house. “Finally, please remember that all references to holiday parties should comply with the Henry County School District’s Policy, Procedure and Practices for Holidays,” the edict concluded. Something tells me there won’t be any Nativity Scenes in Henry County public schools.

District spokesman J.D. Hardin confirmed the authenticity of the directive — sent to administrators on Monday. “It was not intended as something that was supposed to be shared or put out with public consumption,” he told me. “It was more of a directive for our administrators to remind their employees of this particular law that is in place as dictated by the federal government.”

Mr. Hardin seems to think the U.S. Constitution mandates that teachers must voluntarily relinquish their rights at the school house door. “The Establishment Clause stipulates that the government may not promote or affiliate itself with any religious doctrine or organization,” he said. “Henry County Schools is a government entity.”

Mr. Hardin stressed that the directive covers all religions — but it’s pretty clear only one was being targeted. The edict made no mention of the Koran or prayer rugs. I’m just trying to keep it real, folks.

The school district will still allow teachers to wear religious jewelry — so long as it’s not “overt or way out there.”

“They can wear things that are small trinkets,” Mr. Hardin explained.

Bibles and Bible verses are a big no-no. “They cannot have a Bible sitting on top of their desk or they cannot have some other type of religious doctrine sitting on their desk,” he said.

So what about the library? Would they also ban the Bible from the library? “That’s a good question,” Mr. Hardin said. “I don’t know that we have any Bibles within our libraries.”

Now, if this is beginning to sound like some sort of Soviet-era religious cleansing, you aren’t alone.

“Edicts like this remind me of how my wife used to live under the persecution of Communism, how they used to stifle any religious expression whatsoever,” said Dr. Emir Caner, president of Truett-McConnell University. Truett-McConnell is a Christian university based in north Georgia — known for its education degree.

“It seems like the school system wishes to eradicate any form of religious expression except for their own atheist and secular views,” Caner told me. He wondered if the district would forbid young Jewish men from wearing yarmulkes or young Muslim women from wearing hijabs. “Or are they simply targeting Christians and discriminating against them,” he asked.

So how is Truett-McConnell preparing its education students to teach in public school classrooms that are hostile to Christianity?

“We are preparing educators with a biblical worldview to love your neighbor as yourself, to esteem others better than themselves,” he said. “But perhaps a secularist will outlaw that one day as well.”

And if they do?

“If they do, our students know to stand for Christ and not culture — regardless of the consequences,” he replied.

Photo by — This is the edict that teachers received at East Lake Elementary School in Georgia.


Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. Sign up for his American Dispatch newsletter, be sure to join his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter. His latest book is God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values.

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  • Christian Cowboy

    They can take religious symbols out of school , but they cannot take Jesus out of the hearts of our children if we prepare them for the battle that lies ahead.

  • Gary

    The government is atheistic, and they want all of their branches to reflect that. If you send your children to a government school, you are putting your child under the influence of atheists.

  • Keith

    Teachers definitely need to fight back if they are being told they cannot even have a bible on their desk. Also, any library that doesn’t have a Bible should be shut down. Your religious beliefs aside, this country and much of modern western civilization has been inspired by Christianity, so it would be completely irresponsible to let these “educators” purposefully exclude a book fundamental to those beliefs.

  • Dean Bruckner

    “It was not intended as something that was supposed to be shared or put out with public consumption…:” No doubt.

    “…dictated by the federal government.” Well, if you are a dictator, you dictate. It’s what you do.

    Ignore this illegal, unconstitutional and Marxist directive. Pray that God will show these wicked men the truth, and that they will accept it.

  • Dean Bruckner

    There is a small body of literature about the church under communism. I have begun reading it (in some cases, re-reading it). If Marxists like Clinton hold power, that will be our circumstance.

  • Jim Walker

    I’m pretty sure if a teacher puts a Quran on his desk, no one will object.

  • G.

    The school was probably threatened with a Law suit by the evil satanists of Freedom From Religion.

    Sadly, a traditional outdoor Nativity scene that had been set up every year for decades in the center of an old famous town was eliminated due to people fearing the threat of a law suit by those evil satanists. They caved, because of a threat!

    Also, the local school district here had a long standing tradition of praying the Lord’s Prayer before or at the beginning of every school board meeting, until they were threatened. There was a big standing-room-only meeting in which the local priests and ministers and Christians turned out to protest the evil group.

    In fact, I was proud to be a part of that very solid Christian impassioned demonstration. Different people, priests, ministers, humble townspeople each took their turns saying that the school board should stay the course & not bend to the evil group. They fearlessly called out the evil group and exposed them and their tricks and their info. found online, (Facebook?). In fact, the group initially lied calling themselves the Freedom OF Religion group, but a towns person did his homework and called them out saying that they are really against the Christian religion and he sited all of the trail of destruction that they caused with their law suits. He cautioned that the laws of these United States are actually in favor of the freedom of religion meaning practicing our religion in our homes and schools and in public. However, he said that people weren’t always aware of their rights so they often caved to the evil group, but he proclaimed our freedom of religion rights, loudly and clearly! He noted that their group’s name was actually Freedom FROM Religion, not Freedom OF Religion! I don’t know for sure, but he may have said that he saw a picture of satan on their website or Facebook page!… which I would NOT doubt.

    The evil group was taken to the proverbial mat… and beat soundly, as the whole Christian group erupted with a loud, proud recitation of the Lord’s Prayer. Whole groups of people told the school board to fight the lawsuit actually promising that they would back the school board financially for any court costs!

    Everyone was so proud of the little community for coming out to fight the anti-religion satanic group. In fact, as the evil group members walked outside towards their cars to leave, some pastors tried to pray for them for their conversion and counseled them. Some people prayed the Lord’s Prayer loudly outside, which obviously disturbed them very much!…Like the effect of the bucket of water on the old witch in the Wizard of Oz!

    After all of that great community witness for Christ, I wish I could tell you that the true story ended happily, but alas, the scared, disappointing school board caved like a house of cards! Disgusting and pathetic!!

    “For he that shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him the Son of man shall be ashamed, when he shall come in his majesty, and that of his Father, and of the holy angels.” Luke 9:26

    I’d rather quit or be fired from my job than dishonor God!
    Praise Jesus! Thank You, Jesus!

    • G.

      I forgot to add that the people fighting the injustice done in Georgia should contact the pro freedom of religion group/s who fight for Christians rights and WIN! I know that the ACLJ has always been awesome. Also, I forget their names off hand, but I know that one group was represented in winning case after case at the rolling screen credits following the movie, God’s Not Dead. In addition, there is a good group of Catholic lawyers, I believe they’re at the Thomas Moore Society.
      May God bless all those trying to honor Him and confound all those against Him.

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