by John Hawkins | May 22, 2006 1:38 am
An elementary school decided to put a patriotic symbol on the cover of its yearbook.. Fine. But there was one little problem. It was that pesky “In God We Trust” saying on the coin. So, they airbrushed it out. But, any kid who missed it could get a little sticker to put on the yearbook.
A Keller school district parent said political correctness has run amok at her daughter’s elementary school, where the principal chose to omit the words “In God We Trust” from an oversize coin depicted on the yearbook cover.
Janet Travis, principal of Liberty Elementary School in Colleyville, wanted to avoid offending students of different religions, a district spokesman said. Students were given stickers with the words that could be affixed to the book if they so chose.
Geesh, I realize that the principal was just trying not to offend anyone, but then pick another symbol. Since they’re Liberty Elementary, you’d think that the Liberty Bell would be a natural. It proclaims “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” Who could object to that? Oops, that is from Leviticus. Can’t have that.
Ackerman suggested that the school could have used a different symbol for liberty, such as the Liberty Bell or the Statue of Liberty, if it was concerned about giving offense. But Gardner [head of the PTA] said those symbols may not be acceptable to everyone, either.
Oh, dear. Who objects to the Statue of Liberty? Those who don’t like immigrants being welcomed here? Those who don’t like the French who gave it to us? I can’t imagine what the objections this principal was worrying about. I’ve never heard of anyone ever objecting to the Liberty Bell or the Statue of Liberty. Where do we draw the line?
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