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New Mexico school removes religious mural after complaint

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - A complaint prompted a public school in eastern New Mexico to remove a wall mural containing a dove, an anchor and a Bible verse.

The Eastern New Mexico News reports (http://bit.ly/2wUTWkV ) that the mural at Clovis High School Freshman Academy was painted over last month after the school received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a watchdog group on separation of church and state issues.

The group says a parent of a student objected to the display and filed a complaint with the organization. The group says the mural alienates people who are nonreligious.

Superintendent Jody Balch says the school tries to follow state and federal regulations on the matter.

Members of the New Mexico Legislative Prayer Caucus sent a letter to the school countering the group's claims.

Information from: The Eastern New Mexico News, http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com

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