“The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national atheist organization, recently got word that a Las Vegas church building had some crosses on its walls — and the group wasn’t too happy about that.
But this isn’t just any church building. The sticking point is that a public school is leasing it — and therefore the FFRF said the crosses on the walls aren’t constitutional.
So the Wisconsin-based activist group sent a letter to officials with Discovery Charter School this month, telling them to remove religious symbols in the building it’s leasing from Mount Olive Lutheran Church, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
‘The appearance that the school endorses Christianity is overwhelming and undeniable,’ FFRF legal fellow Christopher Line wrote, the paper said. ‘If [Discovery] wishes to continue leasing from a religious organization, it must ensure that the school environment is constitutionally compliant.’
John Haynal — appointed to turn around struggling Discovery Charter — confirmed that two crosses inside the building it’s leasing from the church were removed when the school moved to the property in July, the Review-Journal said. The new Sandhill campus is for students in kindergarten through fourth grade.
He also told the paper that a banner with cross symbol welcoming visitors to Mount Olive will be moved away from the school entrance and to the front of the church by Oct. 1, and that Discovery’s blue banner will replace the church banner.”