The news: A member of the Cobb County School Board has published his feelings about the Catholic Church and in doing so may have alienated Catholic students in the school district.
Adjustment: The decor here is virtual. It comes from an exchange that took place on social networks.
The players: Former Cobb County GOP Chairman Jason Shepherd posted a Facebook post about Martin Luther on Halloween. This post was historical in nature and was made to commemorate Reformation Day. Cobb County School Board member David Banks responded to the post and made his comments about Catholicism.
Comments: According Marietta’s Daily Diary, Banks’ answer was: “The Roman Catholic Church cannot be Christian. More paganism in his beliefs. If Roman Catholics read the Bible, they would realize false doctrines. Only Jesus Christ is the head of the church.
You can see a screenshot of the message below.
The following : The comment is no longer on Facebook. The Cobb County School District told the Marietta Daily Journal that school board members are permitted to express their own opinions and do not represent the opinions of the district as a whole.
Learn more about banks: Banks is vice-chairman of the school board and was re-elected to the school board in 2020. He represents Position 5, which includes parts of the Lassiter, Pope, Walton and Wheeler groups of secondary schools.
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