Clovis public school removes religious mural after complaints

A New Mexico public school recently painted over a mural that was religious in nature – a violation of the U.S. Constitution. The school was called out for a mural featuring a biblical quote.

A public school hallway wall used to display a mural of an anchor and a dove along with a religious inscription. That mural was quickly removed after a complaint from a parent.

A parent filed a complaint with the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), saying they visited the school and saw the painting with the Bible quote on it.

“They felt that the school shouldn’t be doing this and we agreed,” said Chris Line, a representative for FFRF.

The FFRF, a national group, immediately stepped in sending a letter to the Clovis superintendent Wednesday, reminding the district of the separation of church and state.

“Schools cannot promote religion. They need to be neutral religion. So in this case, what they’re doing is by putting a Christian message from the Christian Bible up on the wall, they’re promoting Christianity. They’re showing a preference,” said Line.

Painted in 2013, the mural sat in the halls of the Freshman Academy for four years. After the complaint, the school removed it within 24 hours.

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