Sorry folks, but I’m a devout Christian who wants religion out of schools for this exact reason. What are you going to do when the Muslim student wants to read your child a sutra from the Koran, or a Jewish student from the Torah? I don’t want my child held captive while religious materials that I haven’t approved are read to them. When they are grown they can go search out what they want, but while in my home it is my responsibility to help them build a foundation of beliefs that they can weigh new information against. An oral presentation needs greater restrictions because it forces all children to listen to someone else’s religious philosophy. I have no objection to her writing it in a paper for the teacher to read, but do we want our kids religious beliefs influenced by what the popular kid believes in or what sounds cool in a class presentation? I’ll bet Bacchus could get a lot more followers that way.
I could not disagree with you comment more. You are arguing for restrictions on the free practice of religion and speech which are two of the most important freedoms guaranteed by our constitution. This case did not involve the State pressing religious views. This assignment asked children to tell others about themselves. As a Christian, you should be offended that another Christian was asked to hide the impact the Gospel has on her. This is the State taking a negative stance on religion vice a neutral one. A free society welcomes diverse opinions. The school should (and by Law, must) allow students freedom of religion and freedom of speech. The bare mention of John 3:16 is not tantamount to sermon of compulsion of religion. Yes, the school should allow students of faith and non-faith to express those views if they assign a presentation expressly intended to inform others about themselves. A person’s faith and broader worldview is more than an opinion or a like/dislike. It defines who they are. If your faith does not play an important part in who you are, you are not following scripture.
If we want our children to develop critical thinking skills, we must allow them to hear diverse opinions and ideas.
Lastly, I suggest you do some research. The Torah is not exclusively Jewish. The Torah comprises the first 5 books of the Bible or the Pentateuch. The Koran contains “suras.” Sutras are related to Hinduism and Buddhism.
The first amendment should not be violated under any circumstances. If you are strong in your Christian believe, really strong, you will not have a problem with communicating that to your child. The Christ will always be with you and your child for that.
Hey Herc--I'm not crazy about the idea of the Koran either, but uh---the Torah is in your own Bible, otherwise known as the "Old Testament." Just saying.
 May 8, 2015 at 7:28am
There’s a sort of difference of proportion there wouldn’t you think. Would you have the same penalty for stealing gum and robbing banks? This kid needs some discipline, and it looked to me like that’s what the teacher gave him. He wasn’t injured, and it sure looked like he needed somebody at home to lay a hand to his backside once in awhile.
 April 30, 2015 at 11:17pm
It was a ‘suck’ thing to do.
 April 28, 2015 at 2:07pm
I’ve lived all over the world, including two years in the largest Muslim city in Central Asia. After more than three years living in Baltimore, I can say that this city (that is the home of Farrakhan and the Muslim Brotherhood) is easily the most racist city I’ve ever been in. After picking up needles from my yard every week, seeing several neighbors robbed, having my family almost killed by carjackers, having my motorcycle stolen right out of my yard, and having racial epithets yelled at me from every corner whenever I went running; I was almost tempted to help them burn it down.
 April 28, 2015 at 1:50pm
A few months ago a woman jumped out of a car at an intersection when another car rear-ended her and laid the driver out (she didn’t know he was fleeing the police). That psycho woman in need of anger management counselling got a free car out of the deal. Someone with the means should step up and reward this mom who absolutely did the right thing. Not saying people should have to be rewarded for doing the right thing, but if you want to highlight a good example, this is the instance to do it. We need more parents like her.
April 27, 2015 at 12:09am
Never mind…he was just killed in a preemptive drone strike. Next!
 April 27, 2015 at 12:06am
You’re such a baiter. I wasn’t offended; I just think she’s an idiot and her excuse was ridiculous. Next time tell a better lie, like the babysitter just texted to say the kids were on fire and she had to tell her where the extinguisher was kept.
April 26, 2015 at 11:30am
This has nothing to do with religion for all of you Catholic haters. We see this kind of stuff happen everyday in schools across the country. Bad judgement is not reserved to Catholics or any other faith (with the exception of atheists who never say or do stupid stuff). This Principal should be removed because she is not smart enough to recognize a bad choice or compassionate enough to administer children.
April 26, 2015 at 11:25am
ISIS is looking for recruits if you’re free. Sounds like you’ve already signed on anyway.
 April 26, 2015 at 11:22am
And luckily for us, Protestants are perfect…oh wait a minute, I forgot about Jimmy Swaggart’s 60 foot tall Jesus telling him to raise $10 million, or Rev. Baker and his wife Tammy Fay , or… Guess there are bad apples everywhere…of course that has nothing to do with this article, so I guess you just felt the need to reach out and let Catholics know how much you hate them. Might need to go read your New Testament again, cause you missed a few passages.
 April 26, 2015 at 11:16am
People are imperfect and fallible. Thanks for demonstrating that.
 April 26, 2015 at 11:10am
Read the article and NBC tweeted it. There was no mention of the network, but I doubt NBC would have told on itself.
Thank you Herc for the call out, well deserved. Now we know it was the Washington post. My apologies to NBC, and please redirect them to the WP.
 April 26, 2015 at 11:07am
They would have recited the pledge, but there was no teleprompter for Michelle and Barack, otherwise how would they be expected to know the words? Wonder why they didn’t mention the reporter’s name and news agency.
TOO BAD Grandma didn't "take out" the IGNORANT HAG and save Ferguson
April 23, 2015 at 9:36am
So can firing wildly out of the window of a moving vehicle. Doesn’t sound like you’ve fired many weapons.
 April 23, 2015 at 9:34am
When did we start teaching cops to shoot out of the window of a moving vehicle at someone who only ran a stop sign? That cop needs retraining and quick before he kills an innocent person. In an anti-terrorist shooting course I took a few years ago with the military they taught us that every bullet hits something, so don’t shoot unless you’re sure you’ll hit what you’re aiming at.
 April 22, 2015 at 2:43pm
I guess she was there to support the rights of the gang members to destroy the neighborhood.
April 22, 2015 at 2:24pm
Not sure I saw the movie where Chuck kicks the wounded guy after he surrenders.