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School Says No To God For Project; Mother Furious
News Channel 3 ^ | September 11, 2013 | Candace McCowan

Posted on 09/12/2013 7:50:33 AM PDT by xzins

Memphis mother Erica Shead said she was angry after her 10-year-old daughter Erin, told her Wednesday, she wasn’t allowed to write about God for a school assignment.

“It was so cute and innocent. She talked about how God created the earth and how she’s doing the best she can,” said Shead.

Erin is a student at Lucy Elementary.

Shead said Erin was told she can’t use God as an idol for the assignment.

She said her daughter was told to start over and pick another idol.

“But my teacher said I couldn’t write about God. She said It has something to do with God and God can’t be my idol,” said Shead about what her daughter told her.

Erin told her mother she was also not allowed to leave the assignment about God at school, that it must go home.

On the second try, Erin chose Michael Jackson, which was acceptable.

“How can you tell this baby, that’s a Christian, what she can say and what she can’t say?”

Shead took her concerns to the school principal at Lucy Elementary Wednesday morning.

“Can you show me this in a policy where this child cannot talk about God on paper,” asked Shead.

We reached out to Shelby County Schools Wednesday.

Spokesman Christian Ross said teachers can’t promote religion, but there is not a policy preventing students from writing assignments about any God or religion.

School officials wouldn’t say what would be done to correct the situation, since it appears the teacher was in the wrong.

Ross said they wouldn’t comment out of respect for the student’s privacy.

Shead said she is waiting to hear from the principal, “I told the principal this morning, would it be better if she wrote about Ellen Degeneres? Of course there was no comment.”


TOPICS: Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: arth; education

1 posted on 09/12/2013 7:50:33 AM PDT by xzins
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To: xzins

When told to pick another idol, I wonder what the teacher would have said if she picked Jesus?


2 posted on 09/12/2013 7:56:05 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: xzins

—— But my teacher said I couldn’t write about God ——

So mom, have your kid write about God, regardless. And then pull your kid out of her godless school.

Or just roll over, like 90% of the parents.


3 posted on 09/12/2013 7:56:33 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: xzins

Does this teacher have a name and email address?


4 posted on 09/12/2013 7:56:39 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
...I wonder what the teacher would have said if she picked Jesus?

Or Muhammad?

5 posted on 09/12/2013 8:00:38 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: xzins

If she chose to write about allah, it would have been ok.


6 posted on 09/12/2013 8:00:38 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of the Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: xzins
hiya x - glad to see you're still around

Spokesman Christian Ross

I wonder how he managed to get the job with God being hated so openly

7 posted on 09/12/2013 8:01:10 AM PDT by Revelation 911 (if "meat is murder" what is abortion?)
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To: xzins
Our society is supposed to focus on idols — but not the Judeo-Christian religion.

There is great evil at work here. And the sheeple don't even see it happening, right in front of their eyes.

8 posted on 09/12/2013 8:03:07 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: xzins

Idiot teacher afraid any piece of paper with the word God on it when found on school property would constitute the establishment of a state religion. Bah!

I say Athiesim IS A RELIGION, a belief system about a deity - there isn’t one - being one extreme end of the spectrum. Therefore, the purge of all things God from the public space is defacto establishing Atheism as the state religion. Sooner or later it will come down to that ruling. I hope for sooner so this nonsense will end.


9 posted on 09/12/2013 8:04:26 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Henceforth, the Office of the President shall be known as IMPOTUS)
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To: Revelation 911
Christian Ross...hadn't noticed that. LOL.

Spokesman Christian Ross said teachers can’t promote religion, but there is not a policy preventing students from writing assignments about any God or religion.

Sounds like the teacher might be a radical anti-Christian of some sort.

10 posted on 09/12/2013 8:05:41 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: NonValueAdded

The atheists worship the god “nogod”. They use him to explain meaning, origins, destiny. SCOTUS has called it a religion. They have campaigns, they proselytize for new members, and they even want chaplains for nogod in the military.

Sure sounds like a religion to me.


11 posted on 09/12/2013 8:07:49 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Hardraade

I don’t doubt for a second that Allah would have been ok with this teacher. She’d have come up with some kind of “cross-cultural” experience rationale.


12 posted on 09/12/2013 8:24:20 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

There I fixed it, now she can claim moose-limb discrimination...

13 posted on 09/12/2013 8:27:07 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

LOL


14 posted on 09/12/2013 8:29:15 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

I don’t suppose it would be too much to ask what the original assignment was?


15 posted on 09/12/2013 8:30:41 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: xzins

I grew up in the 50s and 60s and always remember being told in assignments such as these that we had to be “original” and not choose Bible for favorite book, or Jesus for idol. Or, what 3 things would you want on a desert island- except a Bible.


16 posted on 09/12/2013 8:31:20 AM PDT by vae_victus (semper laboro frustra)
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To: xzins

The teacher will be out to get little Erin for the rest of the year. Take her out of that classroom immediately.

Maybe Erin could slip something into her Wacko Jacko paper about Jesus Juice and child molestation charges.


17 posted on 09/12/2013 8:32:08 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: DoodleDawg

She had to write about her #1 idol.


18 posted on 09/12/2013 8:33:46 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: vae_victus

I started in late 50’s and graduated in 70.

My experience was different. I don’t recall those kind of instructions. The subject never came up, pro or con or at all.


19 posted on 09/12/2013 8:35:52 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: JimRed

Muhammad would have been acceptable. Jesus not so much.


20 posted on 09/12/2013 8:37:35 AM PDT by sport
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To: xzins

Technically then, the teacher is correct. God is not an idol. Nor is Jesus.


21 posted on 09/12/2013 8:41:14 AM PDT by sport
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To: xzins
"Shead said Erin was told she can’t use God as an idol for the assignment.

She said her daughter was told to start over and pick another idol."

No, no, no... you're supposed to pick a false idol, you silly kid.

22 posted on 09/12/2013 8:41:16 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: xzins
She had to write about her #1 idol.

If the paper is any indication it looks like the assignment was something along the lines of "Who do you look up to?" And I'm sure the intent was for them to write about an adult in their life.

Still, if I were that mother then I'd sit the kid down and have a talk with them. If I were a parent I wouldn't mind so much playing second fiddle to God. But coming in after Michael Jackson????

23 posted on 09/12/2013 8:43:19 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: vae_victus
From my childhood, I remember only one Show-and-Tell from school.

This was probably around 1967 -- a kid stood up and talked about what it meant to be Jewish, and how he had gone to Israel and how some people dressed over there. I thought it was fascinating; it really stuck with me. I don't think the school thought it was at all controversial.

IIRC, the kid grew up and enlisted in the IDF. Quite a guy!

24 posted on 09/12/2013 8:44:15 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Boogieman

“Why I look up to the Golden Calf”


25 posted on 09/12/2013 8:45:22 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Yes. Lesson learned. You can write assignments about famous homosexuals, lesbians, transgenders pedophiles but no God or Christin people. Got it? Good girl.


26 posted on 09/12/2013 8:55:49 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: ClearCase_guy

“He’s very shiny and doesn’t judge us like that mean old Yahweh!”


27 posted on 09/12/2013 9:17:12 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: xzins

See that messy paper? The use of “graphic organizers” muddles thinking and encourages messiness. Children have to learn how to use an outline format, which is what I attempted to do with my fourth and fifth graders. I would have handed this draft back because of the markers all over it and had her redo it in a legible form, preferably in an outline, or just paragraphs.


28 posted on 09/12/2013 9:37:03 AM PDT by FrdmLvr
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To: FrdmLvr

You are doing your students a great service. Thank You!


29 posted on 09/12/2013 10:30:38 AM PDT by married21
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To: married21

Thanks. I “retired” this year. I couldn’t deal with the insurmountable wall any longer. But it was gratifying when some kids told me they learned a lot from me at the end of the year each year.


30 posted on 09/12/2013 10:47:47 AM PDT by FrdmLvr
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Maybe if she wrote about MohamMAD or Islam or Allah .....


31 posted on 09/12/2013 12:19:40 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: xzins

Would be great if kids got some small postit’s and wrote Jesus or God on them and planted them all over the school. The libs there would freak, close the school down, call the SWAT team and then fumigate the school.


32 posted on 09/12/2013 12:21:09 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: NonValueAdded

Well, it posits an absolute that transcends our experience, which is matter and energy. Bishop Berkeley, way back in the 18th Century argued that these things are in fact ideas.


33 posted on 09/12/2013 12:35:09 PM PDT by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: DoodleDawg

Saw it on a different write-up by Fox


34 posted on 09/12/2013 1:07:27 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Or even Mary, the Mother of Jesus, true God and true man.


35 posted on 09/12/2013 2:54:05 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Another reason to homeschool.

ARTH


36 posted on 09/12/2013 2:54:56 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: xzins

Teachers are poorly educated. They are led by even more ignorant people who are paid much more than they deserve.


37 posted on 09/12/2013 9:41:39 PM PDT by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: RobbyS

I know teachers are held in disdain, but the truth is that for 2 election cycles the teacher’s union has been kicking our ass. The exception is Wisconsin...and that’s only at a state level.


38 posted on 09/13/2013 5:11:13 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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