Attack on Freedom of Religion

June 25, 2009 by  
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In response to:


Date: 25 June 2009 – For Immediate Release

Subject: Attack on Freedom of Religion

Senator Shane Martin is asking for the public to stand behind Spartanburg School District 7 as they defend their right to give school credits for religious courses.

Senator Martin stated: “The public needs to be aware of this issue so we may gain the momentum needed to overcome this attack. It isn’t just another attack on religious freedom it’s yet another attack on our American culture. This reminds me of the referendum placed on the ballot in 2006 to solidify that marriage is between one man and one woman. The vote split on that issue was 78% to 22%.  This should never have been an issue, but a small percent of the population was attempting to force their views on the majority.  That’s what we have here and we should not buckle. I believe many of society’s problems exist today as a result of our country moving further away from God and its time for the majority to take a stand.”

Martin has been in contact with legal council around the state in an attempt to insure the school has the necessary resources to defend the student’s rights to receive proper credit for their religious coursework.

Martin is a State Senator for District 13. For more information, please visit:

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  • Bobby Sessions

    As a Christian I am happy to see a politician with true convictions do his
    job as he was elected to do and that is defend the peoples rights that voted him
    in office. The Majority of people claim to be Christians then the majority of
    politicians should be doing what Shane Martin is doing fighting for the people.

  • Joshua McElrath

    I hate to be the pessimist on this one, but our school system is just too far gone. I am not sure if this fight can ultimately be won. Please do not misunderstand, kudos to Shane Martin for his tremendous effort, but unfortunately is just a drop in the pond. I am afraid we can no longer avoid the PUBLIC schools becoming government schools.

  • Kurt

    Does the school system offer credits for religious courses in Islam, Judaism, Hinduism or Buddhism?

    If so… I’m all for it. Studying the different religions is a legitimate field of study for our educations system.

    If it’s only one religion though… that’s probably not going to work. By only offering one option it becomes an implied government support of a single religion over the others. Something like that would get shot down in 10 minutes of deliberation by the supreme court… at least based on previous decisions.

  • Matilda Mitchell

    Hinduism is a cool religion that is also oriented towards peace and prosperity.-,’