Roadside snapshots of church marquees filled with biblical messages aren’t unfamiliar sights.
They dot the U.S. landscape from shore to shore and offer glimpses of the weekend’s spiritual subjects — and Easter Sunday is, of course, no exception.
You may have passed by houses of worship encouraging something along the lines of “READ, REST, GO TO CHURCH — HE IS RISEN!” a few days ago.
But a number of folks in the Los Angeles area caught that very message on a marquee over the weekend and were none too pleased about it.
Why? It didn’t appear in front of a church — it was trumpeted on a public school’s official marquee.
Which meant the principal of Darby Avenue Charter in Northridge — which still bears its former moniker Darby Avenue Elementary School — was dealt a healthy dose of outrage via email and voicemail and face-to-face chats on Monday morning, according to KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.
“You’re talking [about] a public school where you have many religions and many faiths and many cultures and many who don’t even believe in God,” one person told the station. “So that would be very controversial.”
“It’s not a Catholic school. It’s not a Christian school,” another said. “You don’t mix that.”
“I don’t feel that it’s right,” someone else noted to KCBS. “I would have been offended if it was Jewish or Islam.”
Turns out that a teacher at Darby Avenue in charge of changing out the marquee visited the school during the quiet of Saturday night, spelled out the Easter Sunday message, then took it down Sunday night.
And while some weren’t happy by the display, others told KCBS that they didn’t mind the message.
“[It's] just fine with me,” one man told the station. “I’m a Christian so that’s cool with me. I don’t see any problem. What is the problem?”
“It wouldn’t have bothered me one way or another,” a woman told KCBS. “If they said ‘Happy Passover’ that would have been fine.”
School district officials noted the teacher’s actions were inappropriate and said she would be questioned about her actions — but they wouldn’t comment on possible discipline since it was a personnel matter.
So what do you say? Harmless message on a well-known holiday…or the wrong message to display in front of a public school? Let us know in comments section below.
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