Outraged Atheists are all too common. They always getting their panties in a bunch over the stupidest things, like a painting in an Oklahoma middle school depicting two little kids with their hands together in prayer with an American flag backdrop. The painting has apparently been hanging on the school office wall for 18 years, and no one until now has complained about it.
And yes, it’s the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Here’s The Blaze:
The poster, based on a painting titled “Faith in America” by artist Donald Zolan, has been hanging in Kenneth Cooper Middle School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for nearly two decades. But the Freedom From Religion Foundation claims it violates the U.S. Constitution.
The district, though, doesn’t appear to be budging.
An attorney for the Putnam City Public School District responded to the atheist group September 29, noting that the complaint — reportedly based on a local family’s dissatisfaction with the poster — is the first ever the district has received in its 18 years of displaying the image.
“We cannot agree that the poster displayed in the office is a per se violation of the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution,” wrote attorney Anthony Childers. ”Though, as you’ve pointed out, the title given to the artwork by the original artist is labeled ‘Faith in America,’ there is no text displayed with the poster which imputes the artist’s intent, theme, or title.”
Childers noted that the children’s stance in the poster is general and not sectarian and that it does not appear to be urging students toward any singular religious view or act.
Not only did the lawyer disagree with the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s stance, but the response notes that officials won’t be complying with its demand for removal.
Freedom From Religion Foundation attorney Andrew Seidel was less than content with this response, picking the district’s stance apart in a response delivered to Childers via email on October 3.
“This is posted in the office, where students are often required to go on school matters. They are forced into regular contact with the painting by the government,” Seidel wrote. “And in any school context coercion is virtually assumed.”
You’d think that if a serious group like the FFRF was complaining about some picture in a school that’s causing all this psychological and mental trauma in children, that it must be pornographic or something. But, no. It’s just that it has a couple kids with their hands together, presumably praying, which Atheists find blasphemous. We don’t know who or what they’re supposed to be praying to. We don’t know which specific religion is supposed to be conveyed by the painting, if any at all. In other words, the government school isn’t establishing any particular religion by having that painting on their wall. It’s not forcing anyone to bend to any particular religion. The only people who are doing that are the Atheists themselves.