Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation Wants Courthouse Scripture Mural Removed
Findlay, Ohio – Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking Findlay Municipal Court to take down a mural that references Psalm 91 on it saying it violates the U.S. Constitution.
FFRF says a “concerned citizen” contacted them saying there was a large mural in the courthouse that featured an eagle and the phrase, “Under His wings shall you find refuge—Psalms 91.”
FFRF Legal Director Rebecca Markert wrote in a letter to the courthouse “The Establishment Clause in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits government sponsorship of religious messages.”
“It is inappropriate for the county to display this religious message on the wall of the Findlay Municipal Court because it conveys government support for religion,” she asserted. “A reasonable observer would view the text as an endorsement of religion by Findlay. The mural calls for viewers to seek refuge in the Christian God.”
The letter further stated “The municipal court serves all citizens regardless of belief or nonbelief, and with this display, Findlay appears to be preaching to citizens required to come to the courthouse,” Markert stated. “The messages alienates the 24% of American adults who are nonreligious. It excludes non-Christian residents of Findlay and expresses a preference for the Christian faith in a government building responsible for administering and upholding our laws.”
The FFRF asked for the mural to be removed as soon as possible.
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