Texas Teen Takes a Stand After Teacher Ordered to Remove Scriptural Poster from Classroom

PosterRUSK, Texas — A Texas teenager is taking a stand after a teacher at his local high school was ordered to remove a Scriptural poster from his classroom following a complaint from an anonymous student.

Rusk High School senior Cameron Franks is selling Christian t-shirts with Scripture as a way to be bold for Christ and show his support for the teacher.

Officials with the Rusk Independent School District recently asked the unnamed teacher to remove a poster (seen left) that featured text from Romans 1:16, which reads, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” The Scripture is designed in the shape of a cross, and bottom of the sign reads, “This poster is illegal in 51 countries.”

According to reports, another student at the Rusk High School contacted the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) to complain about the poster, which then sent a letter to the district to assert that the display was unlawful. District Superintendent Scott Davis told reporters that he felt he had no choice but to have the teacher remove the poster as it was an alleged violation of the Constitution’s Establishment Clause, which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Franks wearing the t-shirt that he designed
Franks wearing the t-shirt that he designed in his effort to fight back

However, when Franks learned of the matter, he decided to speak out for the Christian faith.

“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,'” he said. “I’m tired of it. 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.”

He designed a Christian t-shirt that also features Scripture and began publicizing them on his Facebook page “Take a Stand for Jesus; We Won’t Be Shaken.”

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“It is disheartening to know that one voice can cause so much damage,” the page outlines. “We need Jesus back in the hallways at every campus and we also need to spread the word of God to others all around. We have shirts that we feel will help kids take a stand and be an influence so that others may come to know God.”

The t-shirts declare “Let God rule your world if you want God to rock your world” on the front, and feature Romans 8:31 on the back, which reads, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

Although the shirts are $5 each, Franks states that no income is being received. He said that the money is being used to cover shirts that are given away to those who cannot afford one.

“It is time for us, as Christians, to stand and fight the good fight!” Franks writes on his Facebook page. “We are tired of our Christian rights always being violated because someone takes offense to something religious. When is it God’s turn? He takes offense that He is being taken off of and out of everything.”

Over 2,000 shirts have been sold so far, with students and adults alike expressing their interest in Franks’ effort.

Editor’s Note: Those interested in ordering t-shirts from Franks may do so by clicking here to download the order form.


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  • Karen

    How can I order a t shirt and support the cause of sharing Jesus Christ and his Gospel?

  • http://christiannews Greg O’Connor

    Praise the Lord! Reminds me of Peter and John in Acts 4:18-20,”And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them. Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” Keep up the faith and remember Revelation 12:11 ” And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Give glory to God and tell everyone what Jesus has done for you. See you when He comes and gets us!

  • Amarachukwu Florence Nnamani

    Weldone Frank!, i’m so proud of you & i know that GOD is. This is begin’n of great things that GOD will do thru u. You remind me of d exploit of king Josiah, d three hebrew boys & even Daniel. Thank GOD for u. Luv u.

  • Gordon Olson

    What’s the operative word in the 1st Amendment here?! CONGRESS! The original intent of the law was so that CONGRESS could NOT establish a state-sponsored church!!
    So there’s NOTHING AT ALL wrong with putting up a poster in a classroom as long as we are respecting the teacher.
    The idea of ‘separation of church and state’ stems from a 1947 SCOTUS decision. Prior to that we operated largely on the ‘prohibition’ clause of the 1st Amendment, but when the decision used the phrase ‘a wall of separation between church and state,’ from that point on we have shifted to the ‘establishment’ clause of this. Note that this phrase is NOT in the original Amendment.
    Christians need to be better educated about what’s in the Bill of Rights! Otherwise we’ll just be whipping boys for whatever agency that comes along perturbed about seeing what they don’t like where they don’t like it.

    • Statistique

      “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.” – Thomas Jefferson 1802

  • Mark

    GOOD FOR HIM ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • Phyllis

    When the first settlers came to America, they were fleeing from a church-dominated state which persecuted defenders of the true faith. Therefore they resolved that this new country would have “a country without a king and a church without a pope”. This meant there would be no church-controlled state and everyone would have the freedom to worship as he pleased. Religious freedome has made this nation the great nation that it is. The objectors to religious freedom have not read what the founders of our nation have said. James Madison: “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” Thomas Jefferson: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of a people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

  • kso721

    Christians forget the world they live in and have to be reminded that in a plural society, that their religious belief is not the only one. while they would argue there’s only one true god, or one true religion, Christians forget they share the same exact biology with people on the other side of the world who believe in many gods, along with those who believe in no god, atheists. it’s a shame that christians don’t understand that belief in a singular god is not even an ubiquitous human experience. If there were some evidence for their beliefs, it would be nice, but all we get is “well, it’s in the bible so it must be true, and everyone else around me has my faith so it must be 100% true.”

    It’s a shame they don’t understand that since evolution is a biological fact, there was no adam and eve and no fall of man, and therefore no need for a savior. but, christians are the largest example of insular group think that one can imagine next to islam and this thread is filled with the ignorant of the ignorant who are all hoping one day for America to be a theocracy. Let’s see how that worked out for the middle-east.

  • http://winlb.wordpress.com/ ToonForever

    **“I’m tired of it. I’m tired of hiding in the corner…”**

    Who on earth is hiding in a corner? Christian exceptionalism is the norm. Christians unfortunately seem to think they’re the only people in the country, when the truth is that we are a diverse society, and that each student, regardless of background, is entitled to an education that doesn’t force any particular religious view down his or her throat. What about the rights of non-Christian students to be taught in a neutral environment that respects their religious background? Do you think the teacher should also put up posters praising Allah’s battle against the infidels? How about posters promoting the Dalai Lama’s Buddhist viewpoint of suffering, attachment, samsara, and rebirth? Perhaps one praising Joseph Smith for standing up against the mob that made a “martyr” out of him in Carthage, Illinois?

    You see, Christians, nobody is taking away any of your rights. You can worship any way you wish – however, you may NOT continue to impose your particular worldview and religion on others who do not agree with you. That is freedom of religion – each individual may worship his own way, and no public institution may deny that freedom or promote any religious view to the exclusion of any other.

    Welcome to the grown-up world.

  • Angie Calhoun

    One thing that seems to escape most folks here, there is more than one religion out there. Not everyone is a Christian, did you realize that? Wow, what a concept. There are other religions? Whoa, Rosco! It’s called respect, folks, respect for other people who are different from you. Other people may not want to see your religious texts up in public places – which is the case here where at least one student complained about having to see one particular religion’s messages (yours) on the wall. Would you same folk accept it if, say, a Muslim wanted Koran versus on that same wall? How about one of the many pagan polytheist religious doctrines? How about some Witchcraft charms while we’re at it? Better yet, what about a poster with some atheist reasoning or even full-on anti-theist statements? Would those cause a twitch? Would those be acceptable? You say No? Then by golly, you DO understand the concept that many people are different from you. Not everyone is the same, not everyone wants to see your particular religion’s messages on the walls of the public space. You have your tax-exempt churches, that should be enough already?

  • Nigel Fuss

    You are so lucky in secular America. Here in Australia we don’t have a separation of church and government. Our schools actively promote one religion, Christianity. I don’t necessarily see this as a bad thing, as kids who critically read the bible are more likely to become atheists.

  • Peggy Mason

    Wonder why atheists and people who don’t believe in God and that “book of fairy tales” would bother to read christiannews.com. Could it be that they just want a place to bash Christians and they know we don’t read their trash??? Hmmmmm

  • Bruce monholland

    I could start with the founding fathers. I could start with “In the beginning God”. But from most of the responses I have read on here. That would all be worthless. But scripture is never worthless. We all exist because of the grace of God. We have all been born for a reason – that we may come to know God through His son Jesus Christ (john 3:16). And yes another bible thumper. Being born in America most of you know about God and Jesus and I know that most of you at one time or another have hears the phrase “Repent The End Is Near”. Well the end is near. Every prophecy put forth in scripture that was to be a sign for the coming of the rapture has been fulfilled. As it was in The days of Noah so shall it be before the coming of the Son of Man. Look around we are in the days of Noah. Many of you by your vey comments indicate this. You were also born for a purpose (Matthew 28:18-20) – that you may lead others to God though Jesus Christ. We will all live forever. The only difference will be location. By looking at some of the responses I know where some of you will not be.

  • Azucena Pereda Labaguis

    #Go..go..go… fight the good fight… God is with you… and will protect you…. you did a good job…. words of God must exposed and read
    by the whole world… True christians are brave not to hide the words of
    one true God… Jesus Christ… All we need is more prayer… Thank u, Lord…. for the protections and provisions… Let your will be done…!!

  • jmichael39

    good for you, kid. You do it. And even you lose in this world, remember that your Lord will never leave you forsaken.

  • MC

    Since when is a kid selling T-shirts and posters = congress making a state religion? Atheists will cry about anything these days. Of course they always forget the last part, “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”