New Mexico Public School Paints Over Biblical Quote

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KRQE in New Mexico is reporting that public school Clovis Freshman Academy recently painted over a mural featuring a biblical quote.

“A public school hallway wall used to display a mural of an anchor and a dove along with a religious inscription,” Alison Martinez reports. “That mural was quickly removed after a complaint from a parent.”

A parent filed a complaint with the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), saying they visited the school and saw the painting with the Bible quote on it - “Hope anchors the soul.”

“They felt that the school shouldn’t be doing this and we agreed,” Chris Line, representative for FFRF, told KRQE.

The FFRF sent a letter to the Clovis superintendent last week, arguing that the mural violates the separation of church and state.

“Schools cannot promote religion,” said Line. “They need to be neutral religion. So in this case, what they’re doing is by putting a Christian message from the Christian Bible up on the wall, they’re promoting Christianity. They’re showing a preference.”

The mural was painted in 2013. Reports Martinez, "most people KRQE News 13 spoke with in Clovis were not offended by the mural."

“As far as being on a wall at my school I’d have no problems with that,” said Kim Cane, Clovis resident.

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