A prominent humanist group is demanding that a public school teacher in Texas remove her Christian-themed displays from the classroom out of its assertion that their presence violates the U.S. Constitution.
The American Humanist Association (AHA) recently sent a letter to the superintendent of the Quanah Independent School District, as well as the principal of Reagan Elementary School to advise that it had received a complaint from a parent whose daughter is in the teacher’s class.
It stated that the parent, who identifies as an atheist, learned last month that her daughter’s fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Jalomo, had religious displays in the classroom. She went to the school herself and found two decorative signs: one that read “Listen well. Pray often. Love always,” and another that said “Let your faith be bigger than your fear.” The parent contacted the administration about the matter, but Jalomo advised that Superintendent Ryan Turner told her that she was within her rights to have the signs in her room. A week later, the parent was notified by her daughter that there were crosses in the room as well, one of which included the ichthus symbol.