A Texas student is standing up and helping his peers publicly show their faith after one of his teachers was recently forced to remove a Christian poster that was hanging in her classroom.
The controversial poster that was removed from a Texas classroom (Image source: KTRE-TV)
Officials at Rusk Independent School District asked the teacher to remove the poster after receiving a complaint from The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a church-state separatist group.
A student who was reportedly offended by its presence sent a picture of the poster, which featured a cross and a message about "the power of God," to the atheist group, sparking a complaint and a successful effort by school officials to have it removed.
But not everyone agreed with the decision to take it down.
Cameron Franks, a senior at Rusk High School in Rusk, Texas, has spoken out against the poster's removal, deciding to stand for his Christian beliefs by creating a faith-affirming T-shirt and marketing it to his local community, KTRE-TV reported.
"We've walked our halls for four years and we've been persecuted and called hypocrites and everybody that's a Christian, I'm sure they've had that time in their life when they've been persecuted and I knew it was time to take a stand," Franks told the outlet.
At first, he had hesitations about responding, but he inevitably decided that creating the T-shirt was the right step to help encourage his fellow Christians to stand up for their beliefs.
"I didn't think this was such a good idea at first but then I was like you know what I don't care anymore. I'm tired of it," he said. "I'm tired of hiding in the corner and so I was like I'm going to do it and I'm going to see how the reactions are and if they're negative so-be it and if they're positive so-be it."
The shirts, which read, "Let GOD rule your world if you want GOD to ROCK your world," are on sale for $5 and are already a huge hit. People have been ordering them locally and, as KTRE-TV reported, there has been more than 2,000 orders from across the country.
And more than 4,100 people have "liked" Franks' Facebook page advertising the effort, helping spread the word even more broadly.
Image credit: Facebook
"We are taking a stand as Christians," reads the "about" section of the Facebook page. "We are tired of our Christian rights always being violated because someone takes offense to something religious."
Franks is simply hoping the shirts help students stand up for their faith.
"It's not about me. It's about God," Franks added. "This is for the school. This is the Lord's will and this is what needed to be done a long time ago."
Find out more about the shirts here.
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(H/T: Christian Post)
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