School Removes God From First-Grader'...

School Removes God From First-Grader's Poem

There are 98 comments on the NewsBusters.org story from Nov 29, 2012, titled School Removes God From First-Grader's Poem. In it, NewsBusters.org reports that:

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.

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AtlantaGa

Columbus, GA

#1 Nov 30, 2012
My child would be pulled out of that school if that happened - the minute I found out about it.

The Bible warns us about the consequences of being ashamed of Jesus - I would hate to be in McDowell County come the last day of our time here.

Wake UP, Christians of McDowell Co - speak up for your Creator while you still have the chance.
curtis mace

Simpsonville, SC

#2 Nov 30, 2012
i think its wrong how one person can cause problems about using our lords name in a poem while the rest of us that are proud of this child for his actions have no rights or say so in what happens to the principal for allowing this to take place. im proud of this child and hope more kids and there parents stand behind the principal on this matter

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#3 Nov 30, 2012
AtlantaGa wrote:
My child would be pulled out of that school if that happened - the minute I found out about it.

The Bible warns us about the consequences of being ashamed of Jesus - I would hate to be in McDowell County come the last day of our time here.

Wake UP, Christians of McDowell Co - speak up for your Creator while you still have the chance.
The Bible also tells us to not eat shellfish. When was the last time you protested outside of Red Lobster?
Amazing

Burnsville, NC

#4 Nov 30, 2012
It is amazing! You people are nuts! If there was a poem with a reference to Alla, Buddah or Krishna you people would be raising [email protected]! Can't you see that the separation of church and state is to protect everyone! Your child's religious education is your responsibility and it is best reserved for home and the church! Just thank God that you live in a country where someone else's religious beliefs aren't slammed down your throat and you can't slam yours down anyone else's!

“I am Cooper.”

Since: Feb 10

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#5 Nov 30, 2012
Oh quit your whining, it was the right thing to do regardless of anyone's religious views.

Schools are public institutions (state) and should therefore be separated from the church. That's just how it is.
Barry Soetoro

United States

#6 Nov 30, 2012
It seems to me that there is a big difference between a STUDENT saying God in a poem and a TEACHER saying it. A student is not an employee, agent or paid representative of government advocating for a religion. Whereas a teacher doing the same is. At least that is the way I see it.

“I am Cooper.”

Since: Feb 10

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#7 Nov 30, 2012
Barry Soetoro wrote:
It seems to me that there is a big difference between a STUDENT saying God in a poem and a TEACHER saying it. A student is not an employee, agent or paid representative of government advocating for a religion. Whereas a teacher doing the same is. At least that is the way I see it.
No, but the school asked the girl to read the poem. Since she was asked to read the poem it became a school sponsored message and in return stated that the school supported that religion.

The students were also a captive audience and had no other place to go.
anon

Marion, NC

#8 Nov 30, 2012
it was a school function therefore the separation of church/state must be maintained regardless if it's said by a child or teacher. any religious teachings need to be limited to home and the church because not everyone believes the same.
thank you

Asheville, NC

#9 Nov 30, 2012
Whomever that parent was who brought up the issue - just want to say THANK YOU. It takes a lot of guts to stand up for what is right and the law, especially in the bible belt.
Barry Soetoro

United States

#11 Dec 1, 2012
Cooper Discoverer wrote:
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No, but the school asked the girl to read the poem. Since she was asked to read the poem it became a school sponsored message and in return stated that the school supported that religion.
The students were also a captive audience and had no other place to go.
Why did they ask her to read the poem she wrote if they had a problem with it? Apparently they didn't. ONE person thus becomes the self appointed censor and suppressor of free speech. It is ridiculous to object to a first grade student reading a poem she wrote because it references God. Anyone with common sense would never interpret that as an establishment by the government of a particular religion.
Truth

Asheville, NC

#12 Dec 1, 2012
I agree with Anon and Thank You. If the teacher had preread her poem I wonder why she didn't ask the principal about it? You know the teacher had to have read it then we wouldn't have this problem. It's funny to me people writing letters to the editor of the McDowell News all angry demanding to know this parents name. You know what these good Christians would've done if they'd had the name...harassed the person and they probably would've got death threats. You know I'm right
Barry Soetoro

United States

#13 Dec 1, 2012
Are you "Defenders of the Constitution" going to stridently defend the separation of religion and state when Earth Day is celebrated in the schools? Or when re-cycling and anti-pollution is urged upon students, since such things are major tenets of any number of Pagan religions including Druidism, Wicca, Gaia, etc. Silly, but not any sillier than getting your panties in a knot over a first grader saying God in a poem she wrote.
Truth

Asheville, NC

#14 Dec 1, 2012
That's why there are Christian schools if you want your child raised with prayer in school and all that then enroll them in a Christian school. Otherwise you have to learn to deal with the separation of church and state you people have a choice.
What

Asheville, NC

#15 Dec 1, 2012
Earth day, re-cycing and anti-polution are a tenet of pagan religion? What planet are you from?

Barry Soetoro

United States

#16 Dec 1, 2012
Truth wrote:
That's why there are Christian schools if you want your child raised with prayer in school and all that then enroll them in a Christian school. Otherwise you have to learn to deal with the separation of church and state you people have a choice.
Please excuse me you idiot but where did I say to raise any child in a PUBLIC school with prayer.
Barry Soetoro

United States

#17 Dec 1, 2012
What wrote:
Earth day, re-cycing and anti-polution are a tenet of pagan religion? What planet are you from?
Luckily, unlike you, I am from a planet that values learning, critical thought and an open mind.
hoot hoot

Asheville, NC

#18 Dec 1, 2012
thank you wrote:
Whomever that parent was who brought up the issue - just want to say THANK YOU. It takes a lot of guts to stand up for what is right and the law, especially in the bible belt.
Its gonna be a real hoot when all those baptists preachers show up at the school board meeting on monday. At least hagaman should be smart enough to understand why we have the separation of church and state if the other aint
Amanda Greene

Marion, NC

#19 Dec 1, 2012
Last Screenname Left wrote:
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The Bible also tells us to not eat shellfish. When was the last time you protested outside of Red Lobster?
They won't because these "so-called" Christians around here are mostly in name only. They don't really understand what the bible is telling them. They go in the church and leave their brains on the doorstep on the way in. That's why I totally gave up on it.
Amanda Greene

Marion, NC

#20 Dec 1, 2012
One day they are dissing gay people and the next are chowing down the shrimp, getting married 3 and 4 times, gossiping about everyone else. I don't want anything to do with people like that.
anon

Marion, NC

#21 Dec 1, 2012
Matthew 5:18-19

King James Version (KJV)

18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

when christians start obeying their own laws and that means all laws not just the one's they choose then they will have the right to voice their opinion and concerns. until then any argument they have is irrelevant. just in case it isn't understood what these passages mean it's simple. all of god's laws are to be obeyed until the end of time. that includes old testament laws as well as those concerning what you can and can't eat.

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