First-grader told to stop talking about Bible

Brynn Williams.jpgFox News- by Todd Starnes

The parents of a 6-year-old girl said their daughter was humiliated when a teacher interrupted the child’s one-minute speech and told her to sit down because she’s “not allowed to talk about the Bible in school,” attorneys for the California family allege.

The incident occurred Dec. 19 inside a first grade classroom at Helen Hunt-Jackson Elementary School in Temecula, Calif. The previous day the teacher instructed boys and girls to find something at home that represented a family Christmas tradition. They were supposed to bring the item to school and share the item in a classroom presentation.  

Brynn Williams decided to bring the Star of Bethlehem that adorned the top of her family’s Christmas tree. She also worked on a one minute presentation to explain that her family’s tradition is to remember the birth of Jesus at Christmas time.

“Our Christmas tradition is to put a star on top of our tree,” the little girl said. “The star is named the Star of Bethlehem. The three kings followed the star to find baby Jesus, the Savior of the world.”

Before the child could utter another word, the teacher intervened, according to Robert Tyler, the general counsel for Advocates for Faith & Freedom – the law firm representing the Williams family.

“Brynn’s teacher said, ‘Stop right there! Go take your seat,’” Tyler said. “Brynn was not allowed to finish her presentation by reciting the Bible verse, John 3:16.”

Tyler said the little girl was the only student in the class not allowed to finish her presentation.

“After Brynn took her seat, the teacher explained to Brynn in front of all the other students that she was not allowed to talk about the Bible or share its verses,” Tyler said.

Gina Williams learned about the incident after she picked her daughter up from school.

“She thought she had done something wrong,” she told me. “She thought she was in trouble. I told her she was not in trouble and I was proud of her. I tried to comfort her on the way home.”

The following day Williams met with the principal.

“The principal confirmed that Brynn’s teacher did the appropriate thing by stopping her mid-presentation and there are specific education codes that protect the school,” Williams said. “

The principal then asked Brynn, who had tears in her eyes, to come into her office and deliver the same presentation that was censored in the classroom. Afterwards, the principal stood by her decision.

“She confirmed there was no way Brynn could finish that presentation,” the disappointed mom told me. It was to protect the other students from being offended by Brynn’s presentation.”

The principal reportedly told her that Brynn could write about her beliefs in a journal but she was not allowed to share her beliefs aloud to any other student.

Tyler sent a letter to the school district demanding they apologize to Brynn and change their policies limiting religious liberty.

“The disapproval and hostility that Christian students have come to experience in our nation’s public schools has become epidemic,” he said, warning that should the school district ignore their concerns, they will file a lawsuit.

The school district sent me the following statement:

“The Temecula Valley Unified School District respects all students’ rights under the Constitution and takes very seriously any allegation of discrimination. Due to the fact that District officials are currently investigating the allegations, it would be inappropriate to provide further comment at this time.”

It’s not the first time the school district has found itself in hot water over religious liberty violations. Last October, a seventh grade student was publicly ridiculed by a teacher for reading the Bible. The classroom assignment had been to read a non-fiction book. The teacher told the student in front of the class that the Bible was fiction and refused to give him credit for the assignment.

Tyler said it’s clear that the district violated Brynn’s constitutional rights.

“Any act to suppress a student’s free speech, in this case censorship of Brynn’s presentation of her family traditions, has violated Brynn’s constitutional rights unless the school district can reasonably conclude that Brynn’s speech was going to materially and substantially disrupt the school’s work or discipline,” he wrote in a letter to the school district. “Here, the school district cannot reasonably come to that conclusion.”

So here’s the way I see it. The school district either:

  1. Made a gross mistake;
  2. Is ignorant of the Constitution;
  3. Is infested with radical secularists who like to bully Christian children:
  4. All of the above.

What happened inside that classroom is nothing short of un-American. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of my tax dollars being used to pay the salaries of public school teachers who humiliate and bully Christian boys and girls.

How would you feel if Brynn was your daughter?

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/01/14/first-grader-told-to-stop-talking-about-bible/

8 thoughts on “First-grader told to stop talking about Bible

  1. Yep, just another sign of being as control freak. What the heck is wrong with these so called teachers, tell ya what they are teachers, and this is what they are teaching the students – like they say ” get em when they are young. 🙁 😎

  2. What’s really awful and sad is that this happens way more often than reported… good that Brynn spoke up and told her mom what happened. So many kids just quietly “learn their lesson” and become obedient and don’t tell parents at home what’s happening in the classrooms. Often the children just trust the authority figure and assume that the adult is correct.

    Later on, as the child gets older, he may even come to believe that the school is correct and his parents are wrong.

    In my experience, the teachers are frequently ignorant, indoctrinated or scared (want to keep their jobs). And yes, some are control freaks and some do like to bully. But many of them, unfortunately, erroneously believe that they are correct and on the side of “right.” It is impossible to argue with people like this, especially if they have a master’s degree in education.

    Homeschool, if you can.

  3. Indoctrination in the schools has been on- going for a long time.
    In college, one of my history professors started the class out with
    he was gentile and was married to a jew. Was this to prevent
    students from questioning real history? I don’t know. During WWII
    history, he went on and on about the evils of Germany. Luckily, I
    had two uncles in WWII and they had said the German’s were
    fair with the prisoners and no body wanted to be captured by
    the Japanese. Not being able to keep my mouth shut, I recounted
    my uncles history. This professor, from then on, did not like me.
    They don’t like one to challenge their indoctrination.

      1. It’s a good thing I didn’t know about the jew fraud holocaust or I would
        have brought that up too. Then I would have been expelled. LOL

  4. The Bible is not consistent with the New World Order’s agenda, therefore it must be eliminated.

    At least from the public domain.

  5. ““The principal confirmed that Brynn’s teacher did the appropriate thing by stopping her mid-presentation and there are specific education codes that protect the school,” Williams said.”“

    Oh for cryin’ out loud, here we go with the codes again. So apparently, the schools have penal codes now? Unfrigginbelievable!! Who the hell gave them penal code authority? I’ll hang them all by the balls.

    I’m so sick of this penis code shit that I’m really ready to take all of these codes that they got going on everywhere and shove them up their asses!! F**K their codes!!!

    The Constitution and Bill of Rights supersedes your penal codes and the mother should have stated that in her meeting with the principal.

    ““The Temecula Valley Unified School District respects all students’ rights under the Constitution and takes very seriously any allegation of discrimination. Due to the fact that District officials are currently investigating the allegations, it would be inappropriate to provide further comment at this time.””

    Which is basically your standard automated reply and their way of saying, “We are going to do nothing”. Kinda like petitioning to your Congressman or your Senator. Amazing how they all think alike yet they are supposed to be two completely different institutions. Not no more, apparently.

    Hang ’em all for sedition and treason!

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