Last week we reported that a Southern California teacher seized a first grader’s bible verses at school and threw them in the trash, telling the little boy, “Jesus is not allowed at school.” Today, a similar story has emerged out of California, involving another first grader, a girl who was silenced and shamed when she began talking about her faith during a class presentation.
Truth Revolt reports details:
On December 19, a school teacher in Temecula, California told her first grade student, Brynn Williams, that she could not present her family’s Christmas tradition of a star of Bethlehem at her school, according to local reports.
Brynn’s class was assigned to do a 1-minute presentation about an object that best represents their family’s Christmas tradition. When Brynn stood up to give her presentation, she began reciting a Bible verse just before the teacher interrupted and told her to ”go take your seat”. She was the only student not allowed to finish her presentation.
“When this took place she was hurt,” said Brynn’s father Shane, “she felt that she had done something wrong and she was going to be punished.”
Brynn’s family has since sought legal counsel with Advocates for Faith & Freedom.
“The disapproval and hostility that Christian students have come to experience in our nation’s public schools has become epidemic,” said Robert Tyler, general counsel for Advocates for Faith & Freedom…
Read the full story here.
We’re not even talking about evangelizing kids, or teaching religion in schools here. We’re simply talking about a child’s desire to express his or her personal beliefs in during a class presentation.
If a Muslim student got up to talk about her families traditions during Ramadan, would this teacher have silenced her and told her to “go take her seat.” Or if the little girl had been talking about how her family celebrates “Kwanzaa” or the Hindu festival of lights? Would the teacher have suddenly cut her off and shut her down?
On the contrary, you can count on the fact any of these “exotic,” ethnically-flavored religions would inspire the utmost interest and encouragement from the average liberal California educator. Such children would be applauded, and held up as paragons of diversity.
Why is it any different for a kid who happens to be a Christian?
Here’s why: Christianity is the faith secularist liberals associate with plain-old non-progressive, non-diverse, largely conservative white folks. These secularists will tolerate and sometimes even encourage some religious expression, so long as it fulfills the requirements of adding an element of racial diversity or multiculturalism to he classroom.
But in the mind of the leftist educator, Christianity is the one faith that must not be mentioned, talked about, or expressed–not even during a presentation that is supposed to be about a child’s “family Christmas tradition.” Because, you know, Sarah Palin and George W. Bush believe that stuff too…
There’s something very pitiful about an adult shouting down a little kid who innocently tries to share her family’s Christmas traditions, as she was assigned to do.
What is it about these California teachers? Why do they find a child’s faith so threatening?