A first-grade girl in West Marion, North Carolina, was going to read a poem she wrote at her school’s Veterans Day assembly in November. The poem honored her two grandfathers who served in our military during the Vietnam War. In the poem, the girl wrote, “He prayed to God for peace. He prayed to God for strength.” One parent found out about this poem and complained to the school. So, the school censored the word “God” out of the poem before the kid read it. At the County Board of Education meeting, school employee Chris Greene said, “We had one parent concerned with the use of the word God in this program. The parent did not want the word God mentioned anywhere in the program. When the demand from this person was heard,” the school censored the voice of the six-year old girl. “I believe that this little girl’s rights were violated, and that those who worked so hard to prepare this program should receive an apology.” As you can imagine, this stirred up a flap in West Marion, North Carolina, with many others speaking up for the first-grade girl.
After the school board meeting, the board’s president said the school did have the right to remove the word “God” from the child’s poem in order to prevent the school from “endorsing a specific faith or religion. So public schools have to steer clear of religious references.” The general view of the community was rather well expressed by another parents who said, “I am outraged that a school would deny a six-year-old child her First Amendment rights, especially during an assembly to honor our nation’s veterans. It is unacceptable for schools to continue to deny students rights because of their Christian viewpoint.”
Christians had better wake up to how their religion is under attack, even in the first grade.
Contributing Editor, Phyllis Schlafly, is the Founder and President of Eagle Forum, a national radio show host, and a best-selling author.
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