RUSK, 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.”
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.”
“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.