- The Washington Times - Friday, August 9, 2019

The streets around public schools in a South Carolina county sport new signage — noting where students and teachers can pray.

Green and white signs proclaiming “School Prayer Zone,” with stick figures kneeing in prayer, have cropped up outside Richland County schools.

Vanessa Frazier, founder of religious group Christ Teens, is taking credit for posting the signs, which also reference 2 Chronicles 7:14 — a Bible passage stating that for people who pray, God “will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

In a statement Thursday, the South Carolina Department of Transportation said it did not approve the signs. But the signage, they say, is legal.

“These signs are privately funded and placed on private property,” said Christy Hall, department secretary. “The agency advised the group that the signs could not be placed on the public rights-of-way, nor could the design of the signs appear to be a traditional road sign in shape, color or otherwise in order to avoid confusing motorists.”

According to The State, a newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, the Christ Teens group says it has contacted high schools in California, Texas and Alaska about its mission.

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