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School Removes God From First-Grader's Poem (for a Veterans Day Assembly)
Newsbusters ^ | November 29, 2012 | 16:41 | By Noel Sheppard

Posted on 11/29/2012 4:06:21 PM PST by drewh

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.

At a McDowell County Board of Education meeting last week, employee Chris Greene said, "We had one parent concerned with the use of the word God in this program. This parent did not want the word God mentioned anywhere in the program. When the demand from this person was heard, the rights of another stopped. It did so by hushing the voice of a six-year-old girl.”

"I believe that this little girl’s rights were violated," Greene continued, "and that those who worked so hard to prepare this program should receive an apology.”

“We need to keep in mind what was our country founded on,” said McDowell County resident Esther Dollarhyde. “It was founded on God and Jesus Christ, and our veterans went out and fought for us so we would have a free country, but if we aren’t allowed to honor them the way that the children want to then America is getting lost.”

School Board member Lynn Greene told McDowell News, "My understanding on the law is a teacher cannot promote any certain religion, but when it comes to students voicing their opinion or expressing themselves in a poem we pretty much have to give some leeway. To me this whole thing is a violation of that child’s rights. Nobody forced her to write the poem, that was her part of the program. She was asked to write a poem about veterans and she did. My personal opinion is that her rights were violated.”

After fully examining the issue during the BOE meeting, President and Chief Executive Officer Ken Paulson stated the school did in fact have the right to remove the word "God" from the child’s poem.

“Courts have consistently held up the rights for students to express themselves unless their speech is disruptive to the school,” stated Paulson according to McDowell News. “When the little girl wrote the poem and included a reference to God she had every right to do that. The First Amendment protects all Americans. She had every right to mention God, (but) that dynamic changed when they asked her to read it at an assembly.”


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1 posted on 11/29/2012 4:06:24 PM PST by drewh
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To: drewh

Leftists are intolerant haters of diversity.

This speech was at an assembly, she has free speech and should be able to say GOD if she wants. The students are not government employees, they are not the state.

Even if you believe in the “Separation of Church and State” how do you explain a child being a state??


2 posted on 11/29/2012 4:09:52 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: drewh
GOD save the Republic!!!
3 posted on 11/29/2012 4:13:32 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: drewh
People used to pay for their on kid's educations, and there was freedom of religion.

Now government confiscates that money and forces you to send your kids to "public" schools, where they mandate freedom from religion.

4 posted on 11/29/2012 4:15:11 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Labor unions are the Communist Party of the USA.)
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To: drewh

Once again- ONE whiner with “hurt feelings” must take precedent over all.


5 posted on 11/29/2012 4:18:50 PM PST by richmwill
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To: drewh

Oh, hell no.
The poem is the poem......the parents need to raise holy hell about this.


6 posted on 11/29/2012 4:26:48 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: drewh

Oh my Gosh....


7 posted on 11/29/2012 4:27:03 PM PST by traumer
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To: drewh
“Courts have consistently held up the rights for students to express themselves unless their speech is disruptive to the school,” stated Paulson according to McDowell News. “When the little girl wrote the poem and included a reference to God she had every right to do that. The First Amendment protects all Americans. She had every right to mention God, (but) that dynamic changed when they asked her to read it at an assembly.”

Read how twisted this is. We've lost our minds if we let mentally ill people like this man run anything other than a garden.

8 posted on 11/29/2012 4:28:12 PM PST by Clock King
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To: drewh

This kind of krap happens in.... N. Carolina!???


9 posted on 11/29/2012 4:31:32 PM PST by faithhopecharity (--)
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To: drewh

Kids need to be trained. She should have agreed to whatever the school demanded be removed from the draft. Then she should read it as she wanted, saying the word God. Force them to unplug microphones and humiliate you in front of the whole school. Force them to give you an F, force them to suspend you. Those are called “damages”.

Parents and lawyers should be standing by for immediate action if the school takes any action about it.


10 posted on 11/29/2012 4:40:09 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: drewh

Kids need to be trained. She should have agreed to whatever the school demanded be removed from the draft. Then she should read it as she wanted, saying the word God. Force them to unplug microphones and humiliate you in front of the whole school. Force them to give you an F, force them to suspend you. Those are called “damages”.

Parents and lawyers should be standing by for immediate action if the school takes any action about it.


11 posted on 11/29/2012 4:40:17 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: drewh

Did any other children read poems?

It’s irrelevant. The school and School Board are wrong.


12 posted on 11/29/2012 4:49:12 PM PST by petitfour
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To: drewh

while one can argue that teachers and administrators are the government, they cannot argue that about the students. Students are the “citizen-customers” of public schools, and they forfeit no religious rights by virtue of being a part of that institution any more than they forfeit free speech by standing on a courthouse lawn.


13 posted on 11/29/2012 4:53:55 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: GeronL

Those two sentences were rather impressive for a first grader. In the first grade, I believe that my most coherent sentence was something like: ‘Mommy, have to go pee-pee.’


14 posted on 11/29/2012 5:00:34 PM PST by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
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15 posted on 11/29/2012 5:01:58 PM PST by RedMDer (Please support Toys for Tots this CHRISTmas season.)
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To: drewh

How tragic it will be for the godless when the Almighty kicks their name off of His list to enter heaven.


16 posted on 11/29/2012 5:10:11 PM PST by tflabo (z)
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To: drewh
"We had one parent concerned with the use of the word God in this program. This parent did not want the word God mentioned anywhere in the program."

This is control by the "most easily offended" and it is the road to ruin. There is no logical end to this control and each successful example encourages the next and next and so on.

This is the bastard child of civil rights and political correctness resulting in a 'right' not to hear something. The idea that a (presumed) atheist can cause a 6 year old's tribute to her forbearers to be censored is anathema to our society as practiced over the past centuries. To have to censor ones own mind and speech is what made Orwell's 1984 so horrible, yet this youngling has just experienced that very thing!

17 posted on 11/29/2012 5:26:43 PM PST by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence but it is the road to our ruin!)
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To: drewh

Speaking strictly as a lifelong atheist: what part of “freedom of worship” are these rugged individuals too stupid to understand?


18 posted on 11/29/2012 5:54:09 PM PST by Standing Wolf
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To: drewh

The child was not praying, she was telling a story. A story about a man who prayed. His praying was not the subject of the story, HE was the subject of the story. One of the things he did was pray but he did other things too.

There is no praying, promotion of religion or preaching by this little girl.
Are we to believe that the law forbids students and teachers from reading aloud from books, novels or plays, passages that contain the prayers of the characters? What if that play is Shakespeare, what if the book isa literary classic and the word God is in it?

I think and hope that in some of the cases like this the teachers and school principles don’t understand the law, have no common sense and just don’t know what to or what is right. That is why this stuff ends up in court. Teachers are not lawyers and they are taking away kids rights in their stupidity.


19 posted on 11/29/2012 5:57:57 PM PST by Hound of the Baskervilles ("Nonsense in the intellect draws evil after it." C.S. Lewiscrate)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“Now government confiscates that money and forces you to send your kids to “public” schools, where they mandate freedom from religion.”

The 10th plank of the communist manifesto calls for free public education. They know how to bend a mind.


20 posted on 11/29/2012 7:07:48 PM PST by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: drewh

When will spineless Christians take their children out of these godless schools? It is unconscionable for children to have their faith outlawed by government.

Attacking the faith of children is a terrible sin. Jesus said, “If anyone offends one of these little ones who believes in me, it would be better for him to have a millstone hanged around his neck and that he be thrown into the sea.” Matthew 9:32, Mark 18:6.


21 posted on 11/29/2012 7:26:39 PM PST by txrefugee
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>> When the word “God” becomes inappropriate in public schools, America really has ceased to exist.

Tired of this overused, turgid statement on the fate of our Country.


22 posted on 11/29/2012 7:42:12 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: faithhopecharity

Not just North Carolina - McDowell County! Western NC (with the exception of looney Asheville) is conservative and has a church on every corner. I would like to personally punch the superintendent in the face. Honestly, twenty years ago if someone would have told me a public school would refuse to allow a child to read her poem because it mentioned God, I would like said they were crazy.

Surely these are the last days and God’s judgment will soon reign down on this country like we have never seen. As my daughter says, “God just needs to smite us”!


23 posted on 11/29/2012 7:44:36 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Gene Eric

America as we knew it growing up has indeed ceased to exist. Time to divide the nation. Heathens and democrats on one side and the rest of us on the other.


24 posted on 11/29/2012 7:48:08 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Got my vote.


25 posted on 11/29/2012 7:50:43 PM PST by sport
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To: ilovesarah2012
I think that the warning shot of God's judgment was fired on November 4, 2008. He fired for effect on November 6,2012.

His Judgment? Allowing us to do as we please.

On November 6, 2012, a gang of reprobates returned one of theirs to continue his occupancy of the White House. The people had a choic between decency and indecency. The majority indicated they preferred indency. From this point on, the best day will be yesterday.

26 posted on 11/29/2012 8:00:58 PM PST by sport
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To: ilovesarah2012

Wow! Well, I wouldn’t punch him out but I’d sure work to get him replaced.


27 posted on 11/29/2012 8:16:05 PM PST by faithhopecharity (--)
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To: txrefugee
Oh the irony! I went to the McDowell County Public Schools website to see about writing them a note. Found a link to board meetings and they have pod-casts posted so I decided to listen to the meeting before the assembly, thinking they might be discussing the issue. They didn't, but they did open with prayer and the pledge!

http://slutsky.mcdowell.groupfusion.net/modules/podcast/showPodcast.phtml?profile_id=22234&podcast_id=127563&sessionid=8ec1ea885fbba829f08961b15c034def

28 posted on 11/29/2012 9:45:24 PM PST by tv_techie
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To: DesertRhino

Do you have kids or grandkids or great-grandkids? I have all. And NO, she is a 6 year old child, she has not yet been trained to stand up against communists/atheists/whatevers; she doesn’t have that kind of adult reasoning yet.. It is up to her PARENTS to stand up for her rights - in 10 years she can hopefully stand up for her own, if any of us have any left. My oldest great-grand is 8. He is a child, he is not Patrick Henry.


29 posted on 11/29/2012 10:26:30 PM PST by CatDancer (Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty. 2 Cor.3:17)
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To: faithhopecharity

It’s a “her”.


30 posted on 11/30/2012 4:57:25 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: txrefugee

“But it’s FREE!!!”


31 posted on 11/30/2012 5:45:27 AM PST by Tax-chick (Are you getting ready for the Advent Kitteh?)
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