AUSCS files complaint with Bulloch BOE
Heather Merritt
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The AUSCS (Americans United for Separation of Church and State) recently filed a complaint with the Bulloch County BOE. As a result, the BOE has directed teachers and faculty to remove all religious items from their classrooms and desks. They have also told the teachers to remove any scripture reference from the signature line of their email and that they must remove themselves or turn their backs on student-led prayer. We believe that this is a violation of our civil rights and is a misinterpretation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. This group has been created to organize the citizens of Bulloch County to voice their opinion that ALL people and religions should be treated with same fairness and respect. Teachers , faculty, and students have the right to reasonable private expression and should not have right taken away because of a complaint made by an outside entity like the AUSCS. We are fully capable of making lawful decisions on religious expression ourselves and are requesting that the BOE take steps to affirm these rights of everyone associated with our school system. (J. Cook, Bulloch County Citizens for Religious Liberties Group, 2013)

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Board of Education meeting:
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Time: 6:30pm

Citizens of Bulloch County should be fully represented at the Board of Education meeting and through signing this petition. Please make every effort to spread the word and inform your friends and family.

Thank you for your efforts and I hope to see you Thursday, December 5th.

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Charles_and_Angie_Howell commented on Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 08:59 AM

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Simple enough. You have my support.

gawalkman commented on Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 19:47 PM

Have the churches that meet on Sunday in our public schools been kicked out as well? It would be interesting to know that tid-bit. You can't kick one out without kicking out the other.

Scruples commented on Sunday, Nov 24, 2013 at 09:29 AM

As I read southgapassion’s blog a couple of ideas come to mind. First, I wonder how many of the school boards members are sitting in church today projecting the image of a good Christian person while restricting the religious rights of others. Second, I appreciate the board being good stewards of tax payer money however I think sometimes spending it is better than hording because you know they are not going to save it. Why not spend it no protecting religious rights and freedoms that this country was built on whatever religion that is. If something is missing from our school system it is good role models, why can’t the school board be that model. Try leadership instead of surrender to a majority of one or two.

Maybe the board members should have a refresher course on the Constitution; they might then understand the comment made by Charles and Angie Howell.

Ironside commented on Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 22:56 PM

The First Amendment is clear "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" The AUSCS is trying to deny Teachers their God given Right to believe in God.The AUSCS has it's own religion, it is a belief in godlessness. They file these law suits that any judge who has read the First Amendment sould throw out as having no standing before the court. But when you have Liberal judges that believe they have no responsibilty to protect individuals Rights protected by The Bill of Rights, this nonsence goes on. Stop electing Liberal Democrats Presidents, who appoint these Liberal judges, and this will end.

Bryant commented on Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 12:47 PM

And, I wonder how many would decry the intent and influence and demand the removal of a teacher who dare have the Quran on his or her desk? Or a flag of green with a crescent moon on the wall?

terryterry2 commented on Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 14:41 PM

I think it is great that they have removed religion, maybe it is because for some reason Christians have appointed themselves judge jury and executioner on morality while all the while breaking the same rules they deem unfit. I say separate the two completely or we will end up with Christians like Bryan Fisher, and Pat Robinson leading the way and anyone who isn't what they feel what they believe is subject to ridicule, humiliation and lately death just for being different instead of the love and compassion that Christianity use to stand for.

JanePage commented on Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 17:44 PM

To my wonderful community: I have stayed away from this blog for quite a while. But I feel the need to speak up on this issue.

My understanding is that there is nothing in board minutes about this. Any communication is probably from administrators attempting to clarify for teachers what their role should be in the schools. In places where teachers are in leadership positions, and when using public school media, teachers should not be encouraging any one particular faith. Muslim teachers, Christian teachers, Hindu teachers, Buddhist teachers, Jewish teachers, and those identifying with other religions or no religions may not use their positions as teachers to teach or proselytize their own faith tradition. If non-Christian teachers were doing this, folks in Bulloch County would be very upset and call loudly for the separation of church and state. And indeed, the biggest supporters of this were Baptists in a time when they were in a minority position in New England. Our nation is now a very pluralistic society. We need to respect one another and not make the assumption that we have the same religion. But we CAN have the same love, concern, and compassion for one another. May our community continue to grow in love.

JanePage commented on Monday, Dec 02, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Here's a teachers guide related to this issue that has been endorsed by major religious and education groups -- including Baptists and evangelicals. This explains court decisions regarding the first amendment as it relates to some of the issues raised. It would be a good idea for all of us to get informed so that we can have a better understanding of the law.

theflyonthewall commented on Monday, Dec 02, 2013 at 13:16 PM

All of the strum and drang surrounding religion in the public square involves outward dispays of religion when what is really important is the moral teaching implicit in all of the world religions and the health of the soul.Christians should be Christlike. The essence of Islam or Judaism or Buddhism should should shape the souls of those faithful to those relgions.The separation of church and state while it may seem overly zealous at times was established to correct the evil that has been done in God's name.

22 commented on Monday, Dec 02, 2013 at 21:13 PM

How does one define separation? The Bible on one desk the Quran another. A clear separation here. Yes? The Holy Bible one on desk The Holy Quran another. A clear similarity here. Oh the finite posablities of Religion.

Maybe a clear distinct separation of religion from schools, would open infinite posabilty of a Holy state.

But I'll have to agree with Charles and Angie, or Angie and Charles, or just Charles or Angie for all I know.

For all the teachers that feel the need to express his or her religion

22 commented on Monday, Dec 02, 2013 at 21:16 PM

Please excuses the "down with religion" sign

22 commented on Monday, Dec 02, 2013 at 23:10 PM

Wilts I excuse the "we can have the same love" sign while he excuses the "death kills, beware" placard.

Maybe the people who object to others religious propaganda and or expression should try and think of what they are teaching young people with there demands.

The separation of church and state places no such demand on church or state. It simply allows for complete freedom of religion. And declares that our government will never place such demand.

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