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Published: Sunday, March 23 2014 5:04 p.m. MDT

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west jordan, UT

One of the comments suggests the mom is seeking attention. I applaud this mother for "seeking attention" because in doing so, something is being revealed that needs to be addressed. Did the teacher want the child to lie? or say something to please them? Perhaps "Jesus" is truly her "Hero" - He is mine also. As we read about Jesus, we see he is kind, thoughtful, giving, and loving, a wonderful example of men among men. What's not to admire?

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

Hmm - couldn't be that the homework assignment was rejected and a different hero suggested because the girl was unable to provide the information requested for the assignment, could it?

The assignment clearly asks (Who? Does what? When?). The Who? and Does what? were clearly answered. The When? was not answered at all.

When? is very hard question to answer when you are 8 years old talking about Jesus.

It is possible the teacher suggested she choose a more recent hero so she can fully provide the information requested.

Let's face it - chances are the mom would have been no more happy had the teacher accepted the assignment and graded it poorly because of the missing information.

Ralph
Salt Lake City, UT

The article heading on The Blaze:
> Young Student’s ‘My Hero Is Jesus’ Assignment Rejected by Teacher, Mom Claims

So, this is about one teacher, in one school, telling one student, to write something different on one assignment....

Definitely a national news worthy event. Stop the presses! Christians being persecuted!

One mother of one student claims that one teacher in one school is being biased against her God.

Well, yes. The teacher should probably not have done that.

Darrel
Eagle Mountain, UT

While on the surface this sounds appalling, I am willing to bet there is some element to the story not being told.

Was the assignment to someone currently living? Someone she personally knew? Was her hero supposed to be a female?

Lowonoil
Clearfield, UT

Perhaps the assignment was to choose a real person rather than a figure from fiction or mythology. If there was no such restriction, I might have picked someone like Frodo Baggins or Luke Skywalker.

Californian#1@94131
San Francisco, CA

According to the original article linked, the family said the daughter was forbidden to write about Jesus and was required to write something different, while the school district said that didn't happen.

How complicated is this? Something either did or did not happen; there aren't any philosophical or even semantic intricacies here. Why is there such diametrical disagreement over what happened?

Either the family has an agenda and is lying, or the school district wants to cover up and is lying.

Meanwhile, I hope Missy has learned the most important lesson. Next time your teacher asks who your hero is, say Barack Obama or Hilary Clinton, and you'll get an A+ and there won't be any controversy.

Janet
Ontario, OR

The article shows a worksheet regarding the student's plan for the assignment. There is nothing else in evidence. The principal and teacher deny that the child was prohibited from writing about Jesus. There aren't enough facts for readers to draw conclusions; the obvious purpose of the article is to stir up Christians against public education. The vast majority of the comments at the foot of the article are bandwagon-jumping rants. What was the purpose of the DN's linking its readers to such a careless piece of "journalism"?

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

If "she wants to write about Jesus, she should write about Jesus."

Uh huh . . . or she could do what her teacher wants her to do.

That's a novel concept huh?

Apparently, the Blaze thinks children should give assignments to teachers, not the other way around.

And why not? Teachers have far too much authority these days . . . especially in schools. How dare a teacher have any discretion in her own classroom! Telling a child what to do?! That's just WRONG.

I can see the situation from the perspective of the Blaze though. The Blaze is one of the silly Right Wing propaganda outlets I subscribe to. Yep, I get all kinds of misinformation and bizarre opinions every day right there in my Inbox.

Anyway, the Blaze, being the Right Wing propaganada outlet it is, would be well served to have a continuous crop of poorly educated people sent through the system, because educated people would never seriously believe the non-facts the Blaze turns out.

Even the ads seemed geared to cause harm to misinformed people . . . like those ads insisting that Colonoscopies are dangerous.

Ah well, that's Glenn Beck for you.

sashabill
Morgan Hill, CA

Would she have gotten the same response if she had written about Buddha, Gandhi, Muhammad, Confucius, or Zoroaster?

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Found another 'victim', eh?

Noodlekaboodle
Poplar Grove, UT

Lets be honest here. It's not like this is from an objective news source. TheBlaze is owned by Glenn Beck, like him or dislike him, it's hard to argue that the man doesn't have a specific agenda.

Dave D
Spring Creek, NV

@Darrel

"While on the surface this sounds appalling, I am willing to bet there is some element to the story not being told."

I think that is pretty safe to assume given the original source of the article (not to mention the "newspaper" that picked it up). Deseret News is the "Colbuffington Re-post" of conservative Mormonism. If you don't know what that is, look it up.

LittleStream
Carson City, NV

If more people had Jesus as a hero, this would be a kinder world. If the little girl has a hero, she should never be told that he is not her hero. And Dang It, she picked a wonderful hero. He doesn't use drugs, he doesn't prance around showing off his body, he doesn't collect money just for the purpose of having it. Jesus is my hero too! He died on the cross for me. What greater sacrifice and emblem of being a hero could we want?

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

@LittleStream
"And Dang It, she picked a wonderful hero. He doesn't use drugs"

Heh, well it depends on what you count as drugs, he did personally supply a wedding with wine after all.

Neena
San Salvador, El Salvador, 00

@Schnee

Sounds to me you don't know much about the different types of wines available during the time of Christ. Either way if all you know is alcoholic wines you might have a look at ARIEL Non-Alcoholic Wines who are one of the tops wines that can compete with the tops of wines around the world.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

This is a major breach of religious freedom. People have the right to identify their heros. Students have free speech rights, and can write what they chose. Religion can not be a banned sudject by teachers. This is very sad.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

The attempts to claim that Jesus is "not real" show the extent to which some anti-Christians have now gone. Jesus is a historical figure, better attested to than many historical figures. The attempts to eliminate the New Testament as evidence are more indicative of odd uses of evidentiary standards, never used against anyone else.

This is actually emblematic of how horrible some Supreme Court decisions have been, and an attempt to destroyed the 1st Amendment. Content bans of this type by government actors are a real threat.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

If the teacher wanted all the students to write on just one hero, she should have required it before hand. Of course, that would be horrible pedagogy. Students creativity should be encouraged. Of course I teach in Detroit Public Schools where we post in the library a sign that says "God Said: Thou Shalt Not Kill". W do not accept the false, KKK developed doctrine of the speration of Church and state. That was what Justice Black was referring to when e stuck it in Supreme Court jurisprudence, the "eternal separation of Church and state" he had sworn hundreds to fight for when they joined the KKK. I am not making this up, at all.

county mom
Monroe, UT

Interesting how those who do not believe in Jesus Christ belittle those who do.
They find every source that could possibly be connected to proof of Jesus Christ's life suspect.
Well he lived, whether or not you believe that he is the Son of God is another subject entirely. There is evidence of his life in in written history.
If you do believe that he is the Son of God, like this child does, then the "when" would be an impossible question to answer. Yesterday, today and forever. He is infinite, having always lived and living always.
Whether or not you believe it is not the problem, to this child or parent. They believe. Your opinion is of no value, they know something you do not and will never know because you have chosen to close your heart.

BYU9293
Clinton, UT

To John Pack Lambert of Michigan,
You are right, absolutely. There is no separation of church and state in the constitution, never has been and it was never meant to be. It was the agenda of a supreme court justice and most people now claim it is part of the constitution. Thanks for your comment.
As for this article, it sounds like the teacher asked for a report on your hero, period. If the teacher was not more specific, then she gets what she gets and it should not be rejected because one's hero is a religious figure.
The attempts by some to claim Christ is a "mythical" figure are sad. I feel bad for anyone so misled who cannot see such simple truths. But, that is their right, free agency allows us to choose not to believe the truth. I choose to believe the truth myself.

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