Student sues Wisconsin school distric...

Student sues Wisconsin school district over religious drawing

There are 7 comments on the The Associated Press story from Mar 31, 2008, titled Student sues Wisconsin school district over religious drawing . In it, The Associated Press reports that:

“No compelling state interest exists to justify the censorship of A.P.'s religious expression.”

A Tomah High School student has filed a federal lawsuit alleging his art teacher censored his drawing because it featured a cross and a biblical reference.

The lawsuit alleges other students were allowed to draw 'demonic' images and asks a judge to declare a class policy prohibiting religion in art unconstitutional.

'We hear so much today about tolerance,' said David Cortman, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal advocacy group representing the student. 'But where is the tolerance for religious beliefs? The whole purpose of art is to reflect your own personal experience. To tell a student his religious beliefs can legally be censored sends the wrong message.' Read more

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Winona, MN

#1 Mar 31, 2008
This art teacher apparently did not read the student/parent handbook the school district gives out each year.
It states quite clearly that students may express their religious beliefs in artwork, homework, or other assignments.

The art teacher is either a scared rabbit afraid of "upsetting" the PC crowd, or is one of the "activist" teachers who are infiltrating our public schools in order to force everything moral out of the school, and everything immoral in.
We need to get those types of teachers out of the schools, and also vote IN good people who have a moral compass on the school board.

Regardless, that teacher had no right to do what he/she did.

Tucson, AZ

#2 Apr 1, 2008
Yet another sad, deplorable instance in this country where it's okay to be a Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu...anything but a Christian.

And please <sarcastically>, don't ever include any spiritual or religious references in your art. That would be offensive. Just like Michelangelo's works are offensive and have been for centuries.

Tucson, AZ

#3 Apr 1, 2008
Text from Tomah High School's 2008-09 Course Description Booklet:

"The main goal of the Art Department is to provide a variety of visual experiences for the student to relate art to his/her own experiences and culture."

...unless the student's experience/culture includes Chrisitanity...of course...

Stringtown, OK

#4 Apr 1, 2008
I am ashamed that schools emplyo teachers of this type that are allowed to twist the minds of our children. It is evident they either have a private agenda or are part of an agenda of destroying our nation from within. The N.E.A. is just about to complete it's satanistic communistic plan and Americans are too blind to see this. God have mercy on us
Had Enough

Milwaukee, WI

#5 Apr 1, 2008
As an expression of art, I find the drawing very nice. The problem with the schools is that they believe that separation of church and state means EXACTLY that...there must be a separation of Christian church and state, but in reality, the separation of church and state is meant to discourage state officials from preaching, pressuring, or indoctrinating their own religious beliefs on the people. It was NEVER meant to discourage the personal beliefs of an individual. As long as the student was not "pushing" his religious beliefs on other students, there is absolutely NO reason for him not to be able to express his values in his artwork.

I highly doubt that any students in the school told the art teacher that they were feeling pressure and uncomfortable by what was in his picture. If that's the case, he should let the school know that he is uncomfortable with other student’s depictions of dragons and sculls.

I am so tired of these school system's liberal views that they try to indoctrinate on OUR kids. How, as a parent, can I teach my kids moral values and our religious beliefs when I have a school system like this one, who teaches the EXCACT OPPISITE of me? It is time that we stand up for our Christian values...and we better do it soon, because the godless freaks are trying their best to wipe God out of existence.

Janesville, WI

#6 Apr 1, 2008
Vote Republican
sheldon THS07

New Lisbon, WI

#7 Apr 8, 2008
when does this shit end I think the student should get a passing grade and Ms. Millen be dismissed she had no right to do that wat ha happend to freedom of speech I'm hoping that the student wins because they took away the Tomah Indians but they can't take our right too express ourselves i mean come when will all this shit end

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