ADF and members of a North Carolina community are stepping in on
behalf of a first-grader who was forced to remove a sentence
referencing God from a Veterans Day poem she wrote to honor her
poem written as a tribute to her grandfathers' military service,
the West Marion Elementary student wrote, "He prayed to God for
peace, he prayed to God for strength." But as Matt Sharp of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) reports, the
school found that unacceptable.
"To be told that because she made a reference to the fact that
her grandfathers prayed while they were serving in these difficult
battles and whatnot, and then to be told that's offensive; that
can't be included if you want to be able to read it out loud to the
rest of the members that would be attending the celebration, I
think would be very traumatic for this young girl," the attorney
Members of the community seem to agree, as they have come
to girl's defense.
"I know they have attended several school board meetings to
voice their concerns about this, to voice their opposition to this
type of censorship," Sharp relays. "It's encouraging to see
citizens stepping up on behalf of this young girl and taking this
issue to the board."
ADF has also intervened, requesting that the district
change its policies to ensure unconstitutional censorship will not
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