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School Removes God
From First-Grader´s Poem

Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard

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Posted By:JoniTx, 11/29/2012 5:30:12 PM

When the word "God" becomes inappropriate in public schools, America really has ceased to exist. Consider the story of a first-grade girl in West Marion, North Carolina, who had the word "God" stripped from a poem she wrote and was going to read at her school´s Veterans Day assembly earlier this month. The poem honored her two grandfathers who served during the Vietnam War. “He prayed to God for peace," she wrote of one of them. "He prayed to God for strength.” Unfortunately, a parent found out about this, and complained to the school district.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 11/29/2012 5:34:20 PM     (No. 9040060)

1st Amendment? What 1st Amendment?

/contempt off/

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Tom kilbride, 11/29/2012 5:35:28 PM     (No. 9040062)

Just how does this relate to the establishment of a state religion by the Congress?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: NYBruin, 11/29/2012 5:38:18 PM     (No. 9040068)

I bet they would have left the poem alone if he had prayed to Allah.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mathman, 11/29/2012 5:40:25 PM     (No. 9040071)

Oh, well.
Who needed freedom of religion or freedom of speech, anyway?
The child MUST be indoctrinated.
And the indoctrination MUST be carried out by the munificent, beneficent, all-wise, all-knowing Sovereign State.
It takes a Village, you know.
So our Nation dies.
With a whimper.
No more freedom.
You may express what the State says, no more, no less.

And you though Brave New World was fiction.

Ha.

It is happening right now.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 11/29/2012 5:45:49 PM     (No. 9040080)

Here is the Board´s website

http://board-of-education.mcdowell.groupfusion.net/modules/groups/integrated_home.phtml?&gid=512910

Curious, but there´s no Ken Paulson listed.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 11/29/2012 5:47:18 PM     (No. 9040082)

“He prayed to God for peace."

A statement of fact, not a profession or endorsement of religion.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 11/29/2012 5:52:53 PM     (No. 9040092)

It is prohibitively expensive for a school district to fight one of these morons. The best thing in a situation like this is ignore the jerk parent because they want to be attacked. Instead make a point of being very gracious to the moron´s children. The odds are one or more of them will grow up mortified their parent defines the term for the opening at the end of the alimentary canal. That is what happened with Madalyn Murray O´Hair.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Altoona, 11/29/2012 5:56:46 PM     (No. 9040098)

Name the parent who objecte,

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Reply 9 - Posted by: No Representation in CA, 11/29/2012 5:58:00 PM     (No. 9040101)

There will be a backlash against these morons one day and it won´t be pretty.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Coy860, 11/29/2012 6:01:35 PM     (No. 9040104)

The backlash begins when conservatives start running for local positions, such as school boards.
FIGHT BACK, or home school. Tomorrow´s leaders will be those home schooled today.
Gov´t schooled children will not know how to lead, or how to be free thinkers.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 11/29/2012 6:01:39 PM     (No. 9040105)

Public schools are being run by a pack of fools. This would mean the Declaration of Independence cannot be recited in a schoolroom. The room being a ´captive audience).

And our coins. This parent is being forced to buy things with things that have the word ´God´ on them. The horror, the horror.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 11/29/2012 6:14:03 PM     (No. 9040133)

The parents need to call Jay Sekulow, or the Rutherford Institute, or someone who fights for the 1st Amendment.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Persecutor2, 11/29/2012 6:14:22 PM     (No. 9040134)

As much as i would like to slap someone silly over this, both figuratively and literally, I think #7 is on to something.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 11/29/2012 6:28:02 PM     (No. 9040161)

This is when you instruct your little girl to get up on that stage and read the poem as she wrote it. Good lesson that sometimes one disobeys authority.

Or, if read by someone else, and you don´t feel bad about raising a stink, stand up during the read and shout out "you forgot to say the word God, God is in that poem. Why did you take it out, explain yourself to these parents!"

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Reply 15 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 11/29/2012 6:45:04 PM     (No. 9040175)

#5, your response got me to do a little digging, and I have this for you, which I also published on the site:
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Interesting, this article is missing key bits of information.

Ken Paulson is the president and CEO of the "First Amendment Center", formally editor of the rag USA Today. The article doesn´t state that and leaves the reader to believe he is part of the school district

That said, Paulson is still guilty of missing the obvious that has already been netted out by commenters here...historical speeches and documents often specify God in their passages. How is this any different? It is historical text passages, one from political speakers, another from a soldier. Both have their places in history. Both were uttered by humans.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: tygerlily, 11/29/2012 6:46:51 PM     (No. 9040178)

How immature to be so offended by the poem of a 7 year old that you force the school to censor the kid´s work.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: beth, 11/29/2012 6:50:02 PM     (No. 9040183)

These atheist activists are the enemy within our country. They should be shunned and treated as the vermin they are.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 11/29/2012 7:04:59 PM     (No. 9040209)

#17, I have already started this in my personal life. Any liberal or atheist that oozes itself in my path of life I have nothing to do with.

Semi-related topic. A few years back we had an all-hands 3 day meeting of all consultants in the Western Area. We did the usual thing and went around the table and introduced ourselves, gave a few minutes about our personal lives and families, a get to know you kind of thing.

It came around to this guy named Paul, and yes, he was weird looking. He went on and on about how he was an atheist, made a few anti-God jokes, and invited anyone who is interested to visit with him as he ran the Portland Atheist society. He babbled on and on, even after a few polite attempts by my boss to perhaps move on. Two days into the meeting, he brought in a bunch of material that was debunking the "God Joke" and tried to pass it out. By then, my boss had enough, and after the business meeting, he was fired.

I wish I could have seen his face. What a creep.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: billa, 11/29/2012 7:05:29 PM     (No. 9040210)

I fail to see how a firt-grader´s own poem, written from a factual account has any thing to do with the seperation of church and state clause. Neither a state agency nor Congress is endorsing or prohibiting anything to do with religion.

The wrong party is suing here (if there is suit?). The parent of the poem-writing child should sue the school for 1st A violations, and then go after the offending parent in Tort for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress (yea, I know the suit won´t fly, but it would sure scare the offending parents off).

And, if this is the case, this would ultimately lead for our govn´t class rooms and libraries to be purged of all written or otherwise, materials with the refence of God in its text or media.

I also agree with the prior poster suggesting that school districts are more inclined to fall victim to the whim of one rogue parent then litigate a suit to protect the rights of all students. I had a colleague who worked for a law firm whose only client base were school districts and the costs to defend numerous types of lawsuits were fairly substantial.

With this in mind, any student who is forced to attend a class where there are girls and boys wearing the rags on their head, should pull the same stunt. What is the difference.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: right-turn, 11/29/2012 7:06:52 PM     (No. 9040212)

What would happen if she were to write another poem. This time write it as a news item whereby atheists have convinced the school board that I have no right to mention the word GOD.

Seems to me that would pass muster.

My personal opinion ... the school board is nuts ... maybe nuttier that nuts.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: fayebeck, 11/29/2012 7:07:58 PM     (No. 9040213)

Just disobey such silliness. Keep the poems coming. Keep the prayers coming. Put the Nativity Scenes in every school or other public thingy. Overwhelm the system. Get in their faces at every school meeting. Use purple language. Been working for lib bullies for decades and here we are. A first grader´s poem is censored for the use of a prayer..shoulda shot the first jackass to complain about such stuff.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: smcchk, 11/29/2012 7:41:55 PM     (No. 9040251)

This kind of insanity will have folks pushing for school choice, I hope, and then the atheists can have the public schools to themselves.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Peterieck, 11/29/2012 8:11:10 PM     (No. 9040292)

The way things are progressing, it is surprising the school even recognized Veteran´s Day.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: anonymous, 11/29/2012 8:30:09 PM     (No. 9040322)

I´m against proselytizing but this wasn´t proselytizing at all. It was simply a young girl´s poem. I see nothing wrong with it. In fact, it´s heartwarming. Those who were offended by it really need to have a good look at themselves.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: valinva, 11/29/2012 8:39:50 PM     (No. 9040335)

Should have said He prayed to our lord and savior Obama. That would have been just fine.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: dwa, 11/29/2012 8:44:01 PM     (No. 9040344)

Why is it that one parent being offended takes priority over a bunch of other parents being offended? That is BS

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Penney, 11/29/2012 8:52:44 PM     (No. 9040360)

The school was way out of line on this one. They simply cannot do this in America and should not have the responsibility of educating children if they consider this subjective policy above the equal Rights of every American citizen as stated in the very First Amendment....Where is the outrage & accountability for tax-funded public schools´ abuses regarding such perversions of anyone´s Constitutional Rights?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Pros7767, 11/29/2012 8:57:12 PM     (No. 9040365)

I have worked/opposed several ACLU attorneys in my day. The one constant is they are pompous arrogant self-absorbed jerks.

Language modified for the post!

As parents we need to rise up and mention God as often as we can in the public forum.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: OC Jackson, 11/29/2012 9:22:03 PM     (No. 9040395)

Dr. Bernard B. Fall,author of "Street Without Joy," said of France in the 1950s that they were "...battling an ideology with technology."
The ideology at issue is Islam. Battling that vile ideology with nothing less than the full power of Christianity is useless.

Those who would pervert our education system try to take all reference to God from our discourse and belief system.

Fighting Islam requires the direct power of Christianity, our most powerful weapon.


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Reply 30 - Posted by: Lefticide, 11/29/2012 9:36:35 PM     (No. 9040419)

Start putting together a "liberal list" in your locale. Later, when the poop hits the fan(and we know it is going to happen), offer NO help to those on the list.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: PatPiano, 11/30/2012 12:44:48 AM     (No. 9040541)

This is the result of the Bible and prayer being kicked out of public schools 50 years ago. Sad, isn´t it?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/30/2012 1:02:40 AM     (No. 9040553)

Just remember most bullies are the adult kind.

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