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Bulloch County Citizens Fight for Religious Freedom in Schools

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BULLOCH COUNTY, GA -

The word of the day at the Bulloch County Schoolboard meeting was simply.

"Amen"

The room was packed, emotions high as folks got their first chance to speak out about what's being called a hostile environment in schools when it comes to religion.

"If a group of a team all want to pray before a meeting or event and they all want their coach to pray with them and you have told them they cannot, then you have infringed on their first amendment rights."

"Its very clear that the schoolboard has created a structure in which they have created a hostile environment for religious liberty to occur here," said Jeremiah Dys of the Liberty Institute.

Jeremiah Dys of the Liberty Institute came all the way from Texas to represent teachers who he says have had their rights violated.

"By censoring the byline of someone's email signature, saying you can quote Lou Holtz, but you can't have a quote from the Bible," explains Dys. "That's viewpoint discrimination that the schoolboard is not permitted to engage in.

But the crowd was ready to engage the board in debate over how and what teachers are allowed to do in school."

"Teachers, faculty, even board members and employees have famous quotes included in their taglines. Yet when a quote from the Bible is displayed it is attacked, and the right to personal freedom is stripped away."

School Superintendent Charles Wilson told the crowd he is not trying to change any policy, just follow the law.

"I'm doing my duties as a superintendent of this school system," said Wilson. "And I'm abiding by the law and respecting the rights and respecting our citizens."

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