Texas School Reluctantly Removes Religious Display.


Officials at a public school in Somerset, Texas, reluctantly removed a display that promoted creationism after being told that it violated church-state separation.

The display, which was posted in the library of Somerset Early Childhood Elementary School, included artwork depicting the Earth with the words "In The Beginning God Created ..." In December, a Christmas tree had been placed in front of it.

The American Humanist Association (AHA), acting on a complaint from a parent, wrote to school officials and advised them to remove the display.

"Our office was recently notified of a flagrant constitutional violation that is occurring under the authority of your school and school district," AHA Legal Director

Monica Miller wrote in a letter to school officials. Miller noted that a parent felt "affronted" by the display.

"This is a pretty egregious violation," Miller told KSATTV in San Antonio. "I haven't seen that many this flagrant in a longtime."

Maury Vasquez, the district's public information...

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