by Cassy Fiano | May 25, 2015 8:33 am
The attack on Christianity in America’s schools continues, but one father — a pastor — is not taking it lying down. He’s fighting back after his daughter was told that she could not mention God in an ‘all about me’ assignment.
A Nevada public charter school is facing the wrath of a local pastor and possibly a lawsuit because a teacher refused to allow his sixth-grade daughter to include her religious beliefs for a project called “All About Me.”
The site of the First Amendment kerfuffle is Somerset Academy in North Las Vegas, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
It started back in February. The student, Mackenzie Fraiser, wanted one of her “All About Me” slides to be John 3:16, the famous Bible verse.
… Fraiser’s teacher refused to allow her to include the slide containing the Bible verse and showing her strong Christian beliefs.
When her father, Tim Frasier, a pastor at nondenominational Grace Point Church, eventually learned about the incident around the end of April, he was unhappy.
“Can you please explain if this is true?” the mad dad wrote to school officials in an April 29 email obtained by the Review-Journal. “Perhaps, she misunderstood you? Since I am certain you understand that this clearly infringes on my daughters/your students right to freedom of speech, I want to make sure we understand your instructions.”
Assistant principal Jenyan Martinez replied a couple days later, totally confident that the taxpayer-funded school was in the right to prevent the free exercise of religion.
“When Mackenzie created the project with the expectation she would present the Biblical saying to the class, the matter became one of having a captive audience that would be subject to her religious beliefs,” Martinez instructed the pastor. “Had the assignment been designed to simply hand in for a grade, this would not have been an issue. Therefore, considering the circumstances of the assignment, Miss Jardine appropriately followed school law expectations by asking Mackenzie to choose an alternate quote for the presentation.”
The elder Frasier responded to this response by soliciting the help of Liberty Institute.
… A spokesman at the charter school management company which runs Somerset Academy responded by saying the company is now reviewing the way the teacher and assistant principal Martinez handled the incident.
“We consider the civil liberties of our students to be of utmost importance,” Colin Bringhurst of Academica Nevada said in a statement sent to the Las Vegas newspaper. “As such, we strive to comply in every way with the directives set forth by the U.S. Department of Education with regard to religious expression in public schools.”
A captive audience? Really?! This is the problem with liberals — they try to keep everyone completely insulated from anything that could be seen as different or offensive. But what will happen when these students break free from their insulated little bubble of political correctness and have to go live in the real world? Did these liberal morons ever think about that?
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