School Censors 'God' In 1st Grader's Poem

8:49 PM, Dec 3, 2012   |    comments
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Marion, NC -- In honor of Veterans Day, a local first grader wrote a poem commemorating the day and honoring her grandfathers, but her school found one problem with her work: the word "God."

"He prayed to God for peace, he prayed to God for strength," she wrote.

Administration told the first grader at West Marion Elementary she wouldn't be allowed to present her poem at a special Veterans Day ceremony unless she removed the line.

Alliance Defending Freedom, a group dedicated to promoting the right of people to freely live out their faith, said this in a letter to the school district:

"The censorship of this young student's poem about her grandfather is repugnant to the First Amendment rights of all students and sends an impermissible message of hostility towards religion. The First Amendment protects the right of the student to discuss their faith--especially when they are discussing a historical event like this student in her poem honoring her grandfather."

County residents say they're worried things like this could happen in the school system in the future.

The Alliance is asking the McDowell County school district to change its policies to make sure "unconstitutional censorship" doesn't continue in the county.

Alliance Defending Freedom

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