The girl is a first-grader at West Marion Elementary School. She was supposed to read the poem during a school assembly marking Veteran’s Day. The poem honored her two grandfathers who had served during the Vietnam War.
“He prayed to God for peace, he prayed to God for strength,” the poem read.
A parent reportedly found out about the poem and expressed concern about mentioning the word God during a school event. The parent did not want the Almighty’s name mentioned anywhere in the program, according to one account.
“We wanted to make sure we were upholding the school district’s responsibility of separation of church and state from the Establishment Clause,” Supt. Gerri Martin told the McDowell News.
Martin told the newspaper she made the decision in consultation with the school’s principal and vice principal.
“We jointly decided that we must err on the side of caution to prevent crossing the line on the Establishment Clause of the Constitution,” Kirkpatrick told the newspaper. “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.”
Wait, what? The words were not the school, our the Congress, they were the words of that particular child. And, to be brutally honest, her words came no where close to endorsing any specific religion. Many religions speak of God don’t they? Look what we have become here folks. A nation of whiners who get their way because too many of us are afraid of offending them. This case is asinine. Now had the school instructed kids to write a poem praising or thanking God, that would be too much because it would violate that child’s religious freedom. But this child CLEARLY has every right to say, write, and use the word God. Once more the right’s of an American are trampled so as to protect some imagined right to never be offended.