More on that Poem that was banned in North Carolina’s West Marion School….


You remember a few days ago, I wrote about the first grader who wrote a poem commemorating her two grandfathers who fought in Vietnam. How the school banned her poem because it contained the word God in it. Well, this little girls first amendment rights were trampled on because the constitution does NOT protect us from religion. In an article from the Personal Liberty Digest comes the article titled 1st Amendment Does Not Guarantee Freedom from Religion. Read this:

A parent objected to the use of the word “God.” So after a discussion between school Principal Desarae Kirkpatrick, Vice Principal Nakia Carson and McDowell County School Superintendent Gerri Martin, the girl was banned from reading her poem in the program.

“We wanted to make sure we were upholding the school district’s responsibility of separation of church and state from the Establishment Clause,” Martin said.

“After consulting with the Superintendent, Dr. Martin, we jointly decided that we must err on the side of caution to prevent from crossing the line on the Establishment Clause of the Constitution,” Kirkpatrick said. “As a principal of a public school, I must put aside my personal religious beliefs and follow the law, which upholds that we have freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but that we, as public schools, cannot endorse one single religion over another.”

But Martin did not uphold “the school district’s responsibility” equally. Other McDowell County schools were allowed to hold programs containing student writings with the word “God” in them. When asked why, Martin said it was because those schools did not ask for a consultation about their program.

“Courts have consistently held up the rights for students to express themselves unless their speech is disruptive to the school,” said Ken Paulson, president and CEO of the First Amendment Center in Washington, D.C. “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. When a public school knows there’s going to be a reference to religion then there is a problem and they have to address it. The reason for these restrictions is to prevent the government from endorsing a specific faith or religion. So public schools have to steer clear of religious references.”

That’s quite a liberal misinterpretation of the 1st Amendment, which says, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech…”

A public school is not Congress. The 1st Amendment does not guarantee freedom from religion, but it does guarantee that little girl the right to express her belief.

The rights of that girl were trampled in the name of political correctness by ignorant school administrators. {emphasis added}

That is one of the things that is going wrong with this country. We are so afraid of what everyone else thinks, our Constitution is always being trampled on and changed to fit other people’s desires and wishes. That is not what the constitution was written for! It was written to protect this country from cockamamie ideas like protecting someone from religion or being offended. It doesn’t do that and it never was meant to.

People have got to stop using the constitution and the amendments as a protection from being offended or something stupid like that. If you are alive people someone is going to offend you or make you mad with something they say. Get over it……..Nothing more needs to be said on this subject. From either side.

May God Bless our efforts to help get America back, and put God back into our country
God Bless America, Bless all Americans, and bless us to begin using more common sense.

-Robert-

About Robert P. Garding

I am a Reagan Conservative, who is very alarmed at the Liberals who have just lost their majority over our government, but continue to act like it never happened. They have to be stopped. NOW or even sooner.
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3 Responses to More on that Poem that was banned in North Carolina’s West Marion School….

  1. kim2ooo says:

    Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings.
    reply from Robert: Thank you for the complement of reposting my post.

  2. Seane-Anna says:

    It’s amazing to me how cowardly, ignorant, anti-Christian public school officials always cite the Establishment clause of the 1st Amendment to justify their Christophobic censorship but completely ignore the Free Exercise clause of the 1st Amendment, which totally undermines their efforts at religious suppression. The 1st Amendment guarantees Americans not simply “freedom of religion” but the free EXERCISE of religion. When the little girl told in her poem that her grandfathers prayed to God, she was mentioning their exercise of religion. She was simply giving a historical account of what her grandfathers did. Construing that as endorsing “one religion over another” is absurdity extraordinaire. This is further proof that public schools are hostile to conservative values and beliefs and are intent on stamping them out of our children. How many more incidents like this one have to happen before conservatives, especially conservative Christians, finally get the balls to take their kids out?
    reply from Robert: the reason that they always cite the things in the constitution they don’t really believe in to get what they want, is because they know that we won’t oppose that. Stupid huh? The sad part is, we don’t oppose it. And you are right, we need to finally get the nerve to do what we need to do. Take our kids out of public school. But one of the reasons that a lot of us don’t, is because the alternative is too expensive or too time consuming, so we stick with the way that doesn’t work in the hopes that it will change. Which of course, it never will.

  3. Dawn says:

    Regardless of the word “God” used in a poem or any other writing of a student, “God” can be translated into many religions. The way I see and worship God is different than the traditional Christian belief. The word “God” is a general statement of a Higher Power. Why do people assume the use of the word “God” to mean Christianity, and Christianity alone? If that child said Buddha, would there still be an issue? If she is not free to express herself, regardless of how another feels, then her rights have been taken away. Is there not a word called tolerance, and do we not want our children to understand that people think differently? Is a person “truly” mentally abused by the use of the word “God” when a student reads his or her work? Why is it that Christianity is condemned? Where does each individual pull their strength? We are not all the same, nor do we all think the same. The separation of church and state has nothing to do with expressing a person’s belief, it has to do with making a practice within the state, and that means ANY religion. i find ignorance on the part of the school board and the others who kept this child from reading her poem. This is an expression–she reading her poem, not a practice.
    reply from Robert: You are right. God is the diety of many religions. But your question about if the child had put Buddha in her poem, would she have had the same trouble? No….she wouldn’t have. She could have used buddha, Yahwah, Mohammed, or any of the others, and she would have been fine. It seems that Christian God is the one that gets her in trouble….and that is where the problem of this whole thing comes in.

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