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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23 2013 2:50 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Liberals are so accepting of others stating their beliefs, as long as others believe similar to what they do.

DanO
Mission Viejo, CA

How is it that this is all of a sudden news again, when the original article on September 16th already said that the school apologized. I know there is a desire to keep the alleged religious persecution theme going, but this is just blatant propagandizing.

From Sept 16th.

“Shelby County Schools respects the moral and religious beliefs of all students and families. While teachers and staff are not permitted to promote religion in the classroom, no laws or district policies allow teachers to limit students’ expression of religious beliefs in their personal classwork.

"This was a regrettable misunderstanding, and we as educators must learn from it," the statement continued. "The principal and teacher have had a positive and productive conversation with the family, and we are pleased this matter is being addressed at the school level. The district will not be discussing this matter further in the media.”

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

Religious persecution is alive and well in this country... NOT!

As this story demonstrates nicely...

Way of the Warrior
Arlington, WA

A good follow-up story would've been to address whether or not the student and the parents had forgiven the teacher and the school...like real Christians would.

samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

Great news. I hope this teacher and all other religiophobic people will learn a lesson about the 1st Amendment from this experience.

As far as I'm concerned, freedom of thought and expression are 2nd only to the right to life.

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@chris b
actually Chris I agree with this decision and think the teacher was wrong t reject it in the first place, but thanks once again for trying to tell me what I think.

@DanO
Because the DN needs to keep up the rhetoric about religious persecution. timelines and reality are not really their concern.

The Scientist
Provo, UT

Why not accept the assignment?

Batman, Spider-man, Santa, or Thor can all be heros for children. And many children get along just fine with invisible friends.

RG
Buena Vista, VA

Even the caption to the article starts: "last week..." I knew that was far longer ago than last week. Maybe this article was written several weeks ago, and when it was written, the original story was indeed last week. Can we get the story edited so that it has the official dates?

Esquire
Springville, UT

@ Chris B, that's exactly what I think - about religious conservatives.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

"Can we get the story edited so that it has the official dates?" No, because it's not a story. As DanO said, it's propaganda.

LittleStream
Carson City, NV

Am so glad this story ended like this! The assignment was Who Is Your Idol? What a blessing that this little girl's idol is God and not Miley Cyrus! Excellent story with perfect ending!

OnlyInUtah
Cottonwood Heights, UT

This was the first I had heard of this situation and story. I'm glad the DN decided to run it now even if the story was a bit on the stale side.

What I don't understand is why the other posters are all so critical and hateful. Find some love people.

morpunkt
Glendora, CA

It's interesting that the Liberty Institute had to come to her defense. Where was the ACLU? Hypocrites.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Keepin' the 'religion is victim' stories festering.

bandersen
Saint George, UT

One of the most misunderstand concepts in the United States is the concept of 'separation of church and state.' Our founding fathers never wanted a State religion, but in no way shape or form did they want to keep any citizen from expressing his/her religion in the public square. God, in fact, can be expressed, should be expressed, and the victim status that the secularists pawn off as principled objection to something that was, is, and shall always be a right is shameful.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

To a liberal, thou shalt have no other god before the government. If you understand that, you will understand why liberals think all liberties only come from the government and why they get upset if other people even talk about any other God.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

@morpunkt
I quick search of the ACLU website would have told you that the ACLU has defended parents in many many cases exactly like this one, I don't suppose it ever occurred to you that maybe this family shared your inaccurate view of the ACLU on sought out the liberty foundation when this first occurred?.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

So bandersen, and mountanman, just where did you read on this thread that liberals think the teacher was right? Criticizing the DN's continual running of an old story for propaganda purposes, says nothing about how one feels about what the teacher did.

Do you folks ever get tired of just making stuff up?

G L W8
SPRINGVILLE, UT

The preponderance of First Amendment cases relating to religion have been over the "establishment cause", not the "free exercise" clause. Should be obvious to anyone that militant anti-religion groups have used the courts to set a dangerous precedent dominating the one clause over the other. Banderson happens to be correct in that assessment

hermounts
Pleasanton, CA

What does it say, that MJ was in second place?

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