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VIDEO: East Texans fill up the Lindale Performance Center amidst 'In God We Trust' controversy


POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 7:44am

UPDATED: Friday, June 7, 2013 - 9:12am

Amidst continued complaints from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the 'In God We Trust' play was still held at the LISD Performance Center.

KETK's Garrett Sanders was at the play and tells us just how many people showed up, and how the controversy made the event that much bigger.

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The program was awesome! The children did a SUPER job. I am so thankful to be a part of the Lindale Community. I graduated from LHS in 1954, my daughter taught there for 11 years and even though I work in the Winona School system I'll always be an Eagle at heart. Way to go Lindale 5th graders and their teachers!
Those who do not believe in God should have been there last night to see how happy we Christians were; I don't know how many standing ovations there were, but there were many. God Bless!

How strange that idiotic people use the God given air they breathe, to try to deny His very existence. I wonder how they will explain that when they meet Him, as they surely will. However, I do not agree with religion being taught in schools. I do not want some nut expounding their views about God to my child or anyone elses. Schools should teach Biblical History and Geography and leave the rest to the parents. God is God, and He is not impressed with those who would spit in His face. YEAH!

When you modify you lose your argument. I never saw our Lord modify one thing, nor Joshua, the Apostle Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke nor John.

The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion-John Adams

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute-John F. Kennedy

I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state-Thomas Jefferson

My name is Michael Dauer, im from Lindale Texas i say let them wine all they want. We have the freedom of speech, religion, press, and the pursuit of happiness.

*whine - shows the general level of intelligence of the believer .... this what I posted on there page a few days ago , It this foundation seems only bent on removing all religion for there own goals , as they seem to be mostly Atheists .. I have no problem with people having there opinions etc , but this was just silly that a school play bought such a furore from this group , and from only one complaint ...

If it's after school hours, teachers should be allowed to do what they want. As long as they don't say they are representing the school, then they are citizens, just like everyone else. Telling a teacher not to participate should be against their rights! Where's the lawyer for them?
Can't ATPE or TSTA get involved??

Sometime, somehow, people need to wake-up and realize this is not America, and that is not our government.

The thing that bothers me more even if you exclude religion is that the kids were repeating a speech given by former presidents. So it's really history we are having to change because someone is offended! So do we tell our kids our nation wasn't founded on freedom of religion because some atheist is offended?

Freedom of religion is not the issue. Separation of Church and State is. A public school that receives federal funding promoting any religion is unconstitutional, end of discussion. If the community wants to put on the play, they have the freedom to do so, just not through the school.

I would love to see a lawsuit on this one since the foundation is all bark and no bite. Teachers are human being and citizens with equal rights under the law. While indoctrination in the classroom of any religion is not allowed, what they do in a community event is. They have no legal ground to stand on. They know it. It's an empty threat. I hope no one will actually believe it and be scared into silence.

Interesting....I guess public school teachers, administrators, principals, and other various employees are not allowed to have and practice their personally held beliefs outside of the school hours, grounds, etc. It the FFRF is calling this a "non school" event, who gives a hooey if a public school teacher leads it??

I guess this means since I'm a school employee I can't teach a Sunday School class in the church. If someone can tell me that because I'm employed at a school I have to give up my rights as a Christian they will have to put me in jail. What has happened to our rights as members of the United States of America. My forefathers came here in the 1700's to escape people like the group that is trying to keep Lindale teachers from taking part in the play with their students. God have mercy on them.

I agree 100%. I was a public school teacher for 20+ years. Never occured to me that working with"Vacation Bible School" during summers was a problem!!! If these pathetic souls are happy being lost, fine, but stay out of our rights

I just posted the exact same thing! I am not a school teacher, but I teach Sunday School to elementary age children, and most of the other SS teachers I teach with ARE school teachers - public and private. Amazing the rationale that goes into these statements!

Unbelievable that this organization can find nothing better to do with their time and resources than to stick its nose in the affairs of a small East Texas town.

You seem to want to ignore that it was a parent in east texas that complained!

That group needs to take care of their own business and leave us in East Texas alone. So sad they have so little to do that they get in other people's business. Any student who does not want to take part in the program I'm sure will be excussed, but leave the ones alone who want to take part in the History of our Country. See you all in Lindale tonight.

My name is Kim Turner. I am currently teaching music/choir for 5th/6th grade students at Covenant Christian Academy in Colleyville, Tx. Previously, I had taught in the public schools for 7 years. I am willing to help lead these students in their program to avoid any employees from Lindale ISD to be penalized in any way.

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