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Religious Midlothian plaque uncovered

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A controversial religious plaque at Mountain Peak Elementary School that had been covered was uncovered by someone Wednesday, according to Midlothian ISD officials, and there is no plan to re-cover it.

The plaque had been covered with duct tape Tuesday after the Freedom from Religion Foundation threatened to sue the school district.

The 2-by-3-foot display next to the front entrance of the school includes two Latin crosses and reads, “Dedicated in the year of our Lord 1997 to the education of God's children and to their faithful teachers in the name of the Holy Christian Church - Soli Deo Gloria."

The Freedom from Religion Foundation said the plaque offends the Constitution because it specifically promotes “The Holy Christian Church” and contains a Latin phrase the means “Glory to God alone.”

There is also a similar religious plaque at Longbranch Elementary, but unlike the Mountain Peak plaque, it was not covered Tuesday.

Superintendent Jerome Stewart had said Tuesday that both the plaque at Mountain Peak and the one at Longbranch would be replaced because of their “questionable constitutional nature.”

Parents and students in support of the plaques gathered to pray at Longbranch on Tuesday, proclaiming their faith.

The Liberty Institute in Plano also defended the plaques.

Hiram Sasser, with the Liberty Institute, says the Constitution also forbids government hostility against religion.

“This type of religious censorship just because it happens to have religious references is really hostility to religion, and that kind of hostility should not be tolerated,” he said.

Sasser believes the school district shouldn't back down before there's a lawsuit.

“They probably are not going to bring a lawsuit, and until they do, there's no reason to do anything with the plaques," said Sasser.


Midlothian residents are expected to hold a prayer rally Thursday morning protesting the removal of the plaques.



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