School District Fined for Breaking Non-Christianity Agreement with Humanist Organization

It was recently reported that Mississippi is one of the most Christian states in America.  So to find that a school district would be accused of proselytizing the students would not be a shock.  But, when we find that the school district is not being allowed to hold student-led Christian events, we should take notice.

Christian News reports:

A federal judge in Mississippi has ordered a school district in the Bible Belt to stop promoting Christianity during school events and fined officials $7500 for being in “contempt” by continuing to do so in spite of an agreement reached two years ago with a humanist organization.

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The officials were fined because they did not abide by their original agreement.  They made the agreement to avoid a costly lawsuit.

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Christian News reports:

American Humanist Association (AHA) first took issue with the Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood, Mississippi after a representative of Pinelake Baptist Church participated in a student-organized assembly that included a video dealing with teen problems, such as premarital sex, drugs, cutting, suicide and other issues.

The two individuals featured in the film explained that they were able to overcome their struggles through the power of Jesus Christ. The presenter also spoke to students about the hope that is found in Christ, and led students in prayer.

Now, this is a classic case where the school buckled at the mention of the possibility of a law-suit.  This has been the reaction of most educational leaders.  They know that the counties and towns that support them would not be able to bear the burden of such a cost.  Therefore, they agree and remain as faithful to their convictions as they financially can.

The results?  Defeat!

Christian News reports:

AHA moved forwarded with filing the suit on behalf of a student who attends Northwest Rankin High School, and the district agreed to settle with AHA, signing a consent decree to not promote any religion during school events.

This means that even though the school had not broken any laws, they were punished and will face penalties if they break the agreement.  This gives the humanist organization the upper hand.  They can then determine what this community of Christians teaches their children.  And they have.

Christian News continues:

However, the same student, who has not been identified, reported to AHA that last year, an awards ceremony was opened with prayer at Brandon High School and that Fifth Grade teachers were advised by their principal to walk children past Gideon International’s Bible distribution in the lobby at Northwest Rankin Elementary School.

AHA filed, and the judge sided with them and leveled the $7500.00 penalty.

“Under the Agreed Judgment, M.B. (plaintiff) acquiesced not to pursue her lawsuit with the pledge that the district, in turn, would ensure future compliance with the provisions of its newly adopted policy on religion,” the order, issued by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, reads. “Defendant failed to honor its end of the agreement. The district’s breach did not take very long and it occurred in a very bold way.”

The humanists have worked for generations to see the government schools make the type of people they want, and they are not planning to give that up cheaply. The question now is when will people realize that we outnumber these fools almost ten to one?  That if only half of us would give to funds to defend such cases and counter-sue, we would break these people in a matter of years?

Christ said that the gates of Hell would not prevail against His Church (Matt. 16:18).  When are we going to realize this truth and begin to charge those gates?


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