"The national organization [Freedom From Religion Foundation], which advocates for the separation of church and state as the song says, has turned its attention to UF.
After receiving a photo of a Bible verse etched onto an archway at the newly constructed Heavener Hall, Freedom From Religion Foundation staff attorney Andrew Seidel wrote a letter to UF President Kent Fuchs on April 13 protesting the religious text.
“It’s a violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution, and we think that’s the definition of a big deal,” Seidel said.
The quote reads, “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8.”
UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes would not comment on the letter but emailed a statement saying, “The University of Florida is committed to complying with the laws that apply to public institutions. We are carefully reviewing the letter received late Monday from the Freedom from Religion Foundation.”
According to Seidel’s letter, having the quote on a building owned by a public university violates several decisions by the Supreme Court.
“The Supreme Court has said time and again that the ‘First Amendment mandates government neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and nonreligion,’” Seidel said in the letter. “Public schools, as a part of the government, may not promote, endorse, or advance any religion.”
Jarvis Henderson, one of the founders of and a campus minister at Campus Alive, said he thinks the verse is an excellent ornamentation for the building..."
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