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Published: Monday, Sept. 16 2013 3:00 p.m. MDT

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Bountiful, UT

I think the mom was right, but personally I do not see any problem with Ellen DeGeneres -- I love her!

Salt Lake City, UT

The Scientist
Provo, UT
You are about 2000 years behind. The apostle Thomas learned something you too can learn.
Yours truly,'
A fellow scientist

Hyrum, UT

@ The Scientist:

Michael Jackson was about as unreal as a person can get.

Allen, TX

Hear, Hear! Sleight / Complaint / Investigation / Rectification / Apology.

As it should be.

draper, UT


USS Enterprise, UT

While we all agree this was a bad decision on the part of the teacher, there is a deeper issue. Just look at the policies in the schools, and in government. They have created an atmosphere where a teacher is so concerned about a child brining religion into a classroom that they had a child change an essay.

When will the micromanaging end and when can we allow common sense into enter our lives again?

Provo, UT

so, in defence, some people think Michael Jackson IS God. However -- it is another classic example of a teaching assigning a vague assignment. If teacher didn't want theological discussions, teacher could have limited the assignment to discussion of human beings.

Newbury Park, CA

The Scientist, "Well, duh. Michael Jackson was real!"

Yes, regrettably and unfortunately he was.

layton, UT

RE: EternalPerspective, How are other domineering ideologies in the world any different?

Evolution is not only the basic premise of all atheistic and *humanistic religions.
Any form of atheism, pantheism must be based on evolution.

The great ethnic religions : Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism and other such faiths are essentially based on some form of evolution, accepting the space-time cosmos as the ultimate eternal reality and denying any transcendent Creator of the cosmos. *Platonic pre-existence of the soul.

Yet Orthodox Judeo, Christianity are different they believe in creation (ex Nihlio).

Herbert Gravy
Salinas, CA

No one should be surprised. Liberals feel EXTREMELY threatened when God or religion is mentioned.

andrews afb, MD

It seems the best way for students to write about God these days would be to reference him as allah.

Most teachers would not automatically give you a lesser grade for fear of discrimination.

One of a Few
Layton, UT

Might it just be the teacher was right. The assignment was to right about an idol. Lots of folks can agree that God or Jesus or Zeus - whoever you worship is a great god but in terms of the assignment, it wasn't to write abut god. It was to write about an idol. The teacher probably should have clarified, it wasn't an assignment to write about deity. I can imagine the teacher wanted the students to think of a contemporary individual and try articulate what about the person is appealing. Just a thought.

G L W8

Many years ago, a student in my class gave a report on her belief in witchcraft. Her presentation was a simple, objective statement of her belief, and I had no problem with the way she presented it. But when a male student began an irrational argument, and she threatened to put a hex on him as proof, I had to shut the discussion down.
Teachers encountering controversy in assignments given is not new, folks. This was back in the late 1960's!

Omaha, NE

"In God We Trust"

Kearns, UT

Oh my goodness. I see that so many of us have a difficult time reading the entire article.

Bakersfield, CA

Satan has teachers and schools right where he wants them. Uptight, afraid, antagonistic.

But that's exactly what Christ said: "If you love Me, the world will hate you." So put on your armor (Ephesians 6) and be prepared for the battle. If kind words win the day, take off the armor for a bit...

Eldersburg, MD


I see your points and understand that everyone wants to promote "tolerance" in this day as to not offend those who lack representation. Whether one agrees with that trend in our culture or not is another matter.

However, the little girl in question was naming "God" with a non-specific identity as a moniker of her faith. She was essentially stating an affirmation of her beliefs.

Should that be denied any more than what other kids might attribute as their role model? Should children only be able to say their role models are other people like celebrities, but not God? How is that fair to those who believe in God as given by groups who subscribe to the ideology of secularism promoting so called "tolerance"?

Quite simply, when you eliminate the rights of expression because fear has convinced the masses such things as religion are offensive, then personal freedom is lost. That is the heart of the matter here, not what form of God the little girl expressed. The whole political correctness movement has everyone sacred stiff to be sued or otherwise publically lashed for affirming belief of deity. It is hypocrisy and unjust.

layton, UT

RE: EternalPerspective, “ the little girl in question was naming "God" with a non-specific identity as a moniker of her faith. She was essentially stating an affirmation of her beliefs.’

True, can you imagine if she was clear about Bible-believing Christian beliefs about God.

.. without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh(Jesus), justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.(1 Tim 3:16)

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.(1 John 3:16)

“For in Christ lives all the fullness of *God in a human body”. Colossians 2:9(NLT) Or in him dwells all the completeness of the Godhead bodily.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

All I was saying is that teaches are confused by the constant legalese and policies thrown their way. One could look at one way or the other way. Some teachers would think it policy or legal to allow a discussion or paper on God, others might shy away believing that separation of church in state would apply in this case. Bottom line, my main point is that teachers are totally confused by the endless policy garbage that spews their way. Enough is enough.

Salt Lake City, UT

"This just cannot be tolerated in the Progressive model of education. "

Oh please... Progressives don't say that religion can't be taught, just that the teaching of religion can't be biased in favor of one particular religion. There's nothing wrong with say some sort of exploratory religions class.

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