Atheist group threatens suit over 'Angels' on memorial to beloved teacher

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  1. dawg

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    A West Virginia middle school took down the crosses from a memorial to a beloved teacher, but is standing firm on the angels etched into the stone, despite an atheist group's threat to sue on constitutional grounds.

    Joann Christy's 26-year career educating children at Ravenswood Middle School came to a tragic end in 2004, when she died in a car accident. But her loved ones and the community she had served sought to remember her with an engraved, stone memorial near the school's entrance.


    There's so many kids that came through this school that were affected by her death, that were affected by her teachings, and now we're just trying to keep her memory alive here," Tracy Sadecky, a family friend, told the station.

    But more than a decade later, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation wants the memorial gone, claiming its presence on public grounds violates the First Amendment. The foundation criticized the display as a promotion of religion that infringes on students rights. WSAZ.com reported that the foundation wrote a letter to the school requesting an investigation into the memorial and the "multiple Latin crosses" near the school's entrance.

    Christy's family, apparently in an attempt to resolve the situation, reportedly agreed to the removal of the crosses, but left the angels in memory of Christy, who had a collection of angel figurines. The school has a meeting scheduled Thursday night to discuss the memorial issue and others that reportedly riled up the foundation, including a Nativity scene.

    A lawyer from the Wisconsin-based nonprofit told the station that as long as the angel represents Christy and not a religion, there may not be a legal issue.
     
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    We should allow Christians to post their dumb symbols at a school. But then we should also allow every other crackpot religion and cult to do the same.
     
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    atheist zealots
     
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    It seems like there is an agenda here other than "freedom from religion"
     
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    If there was a giant mural of Jesus on the school and all the kids were forced to regurgitate Christian prayer every morning, it'd be one thing, but nobodies rights are being violated having imaginary symbols of hope and peace adorning a decade old memorial to a late beloved teacher.

    Just another example of militant atheism being just as pompous and judgmental as fundamentalism. Get over yourselves.
     
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    Upholding the First Amendment?
     
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    The only reason there are no Aetheist monuments is that nobody wants to look at a giant bronze asshole.
     
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    #radical atheists
     
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    It could be a cross between these two:

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    That's not fair. Not all Muslims are ISIS, not all Christians are Westboro Baptist Church and not all atheists are these assholes.
     
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    Does EVERYONE have to be an asshole these days?
     
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    Sometimes they go to far and weaken their own position on constitutional rights.
    But Jesus loves them anyway and so do I. :)
     
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    they always seem to target Christians only, odd.
     
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    Reading your signature. Dont beat your son, just put him in the comfy chair.
    That'l teach him!
     
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    the teacher was a christian, so the christian stuff is proper and fine.
    if she was a hardcore yankees fan so the put yankees logo, would the mets fans bitch?
    they worried the tax dollars, cause it looks really really expensive :facepalm:

    its not hurting anyone. dont they have anything better to do?
     
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    And.......
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    Exactly. That memorial does not represent government intrusion on freedom of religion. Anti-Christians won't be happy until there's no sign of anything anywhere.
     
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    How is the bench in violation of the first amendment?
     
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    there's nothing in the first amendment about nonsense like this. let them have their angels. what rubbish.

    by way, this is on the supreme court. should we tear it down? :facepalm:

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