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A six-year-old first grade child at West Marion Elementary School in Marion, North Carolina, was ordered to remove the word “God” from a poem she wrote marking Veteran’s Day.

According to Starnes, the girl was supposed to read the poem “during a school assembly marking Veteran’s Day.”

“The poem honored her two grandfathers who had served during the Vietnam War,” Starnes wrote.

“He prayed to God for peace, he prayed to God for strength,” the poem read.

One parent found out about the poem and complained about the mention of God at a public school event. So the district decided to err on the side of caution, and censored the poem.

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  1. even steven

    December 2nd, 2012

    What kind of hateful puke would raise hell about a poem written by a six-year-old? Oh, a Godless leftist, of course.

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  2. Horrorman18

    December 2nd, 2012

    The same godless individual would think it was perfectly ok to teach the same 6 year old sex at that age….PC SUCKS!!!!!!

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  3. Jack Daniels

    December 2nd, 2012

    The majority no longer rules, it is the minority or the one..

    God, country and the nuclear family have been replaced satan, a global village and anything-but-the nuclear family.

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  4. dennis

    December 2nd, 2012

    But had the grandfather in the poem praised Allah the student body would have been treated to a demonstration of how to kneel on a rug in the direction of Mecca….

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  5. Bob M.

    December 2nd, 2012

    That’s in the mountains of NC, just east of Asheville. I’d expect that parent’s doublewide to be toast, in short order…

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  6. Xavier

    December 2nd, 2012

    Just for giggles they should resubmit the poem using Allah instead of G-d.

    What’s that you say? My very own fatwa? How flattering!

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  7. Xavier

    December 2nd, 2012

    But but but isn’t the separation of Christianity and State guaranteed by the Constitution?

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  8. Milwaukee Mike

    December 2nd, 2012

    “So the district decided to err on the side of caution, and censored the poem.”

    The constitution guarantees this girl’s right to free speech. Her grandfathers fought for that right.

    A stand has to be made somewhere to stop the eroding of our founding document. This could be the perfect scenario to do so.

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  9. Callmelennie

    December 2nd, 2012

    Conservatives have to start playing this game as well. What if the majority of parents decided to boycott the school until the child was able to read her poem?

    At the very least we’d know that none of this is due to someone’s “complaint”

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  10. Callmelennie

    December 2nd, 2012

    And how does anyone know that there even was an actual complaint? If the school is asked the identity of the complainer, they’ll just say they can’t reveal the identity because of concerns about the parents safety

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  11. Graceia

    December 2nd, 2012

    @Callmelennie,
    Too true. The little girl was most likely well known by the locals. I wonder if they know who the complainent is.

    These cockroaches used to live in the shadows – it’s time to bring a spotlight on them and help them scurry back to their crevasses where they belong.

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  12. dennis

    December 2nd, 2012

    The other side realized long ago that a Constitutional federal republic, such as ours, would not stand without a robust and classical Western religious culture. That meant Christianity was in the cross hairs. The fruit of that policy is just this kind of censorship.

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  13. super toe

    December 2nd, 2012

    Atheism is not so much not believing in God, it is more about hating people that do.

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  14. Tracy

    December 2nd, 2012

    6 YEAR OLDS ARE TAUGHT TO BE OFFENDED BY THIS… Courtesy of “TOLERANT” Liberial Assholes, indoctrinating malleable, innocent children into their own despicable, godless likenesses; child abuse vis-à-vis hypocritcal ‘PC’ nonsense.

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  15. Milwaukee Mike

    December 2nd, 2012

    I have a theory as to why we see a proliferation of these stories as the Christmas season approaches.
    These people see streets empty, stores closed, and know that they are not being included in something that they do not know. It’s like not being invited to join a club; only they are invited, and it’s our job to make sure they know this.

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  16. dennis

    December 2nd, 2012

    Milwaukee Mike…I know what you mean and some may fall into that category. But I think many are not feeling “uninvited”…instead they are plainly and aggressively anti Christian for political reasons. They have justified their stance by willful acceptance of a liberal progressive definition about separation of church and state. They have chosen to go on offense.

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  17. dennis

    December 2nd, 2012

    And they have moved the ball pretty far down the field.

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  18. mossberg12gal

    December 2nd, 2012

    GOD BLESS that little girl, and her two grandfathers!

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  19. mossberg12gal

    December 2nd, 2012

    “he prayed to God for strength”

    ya, i have stopped praying for strength cuz then i will need bail money, so am now praying for patience

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  20. RosalindJ

    December 2nd, 2012

    FFS. This is second-generation idiocracy guaranteed by splitting hairs and pin-dancing angels in the ‘university’ classroom guided by Delphi trained change agents.

    “CONGRESS shall make now law..” How hard is that to comprehend? There are schools including in their curriculum the cultural value of praising a pedophile.

    One person, people. Tyranny by the minority. I say “Bite me.”

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  21. Picled Liver

    December 2nd, 2012

    The little girl should stay home and spend the day with her grandfathers – she will learn a whole lot more about integrity and honor than she will at school!

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  22. Jerry Manderin

    December 2nd, 2012

    That child of that complaining mother is going to grow up to be a cutter. Just you wait.

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  23. Rick

    December 2nd, 2012

    Atheism is not so much not believing in God, it is more about hating people that do.

    supertoe, gotta disagree with you. Atheists, (well, me for one) do not hate people who believe. However, I dislike their actions when they try to make me live according to their beliefs. When someone says “God bless you” or “I’m praying for you” I don’t go all ‘splody on them. I recognize that they’re expressing their care and concern in the most sincere way they know how. And the feeling is appreciated.

    Anti-theists, which you seem to have me confused with, want to spread their lack of faith (and good manners) to anyone (except moslems) who even makes mention of their faith.

    Hey Anti-theist assholes! SOME people believe in a deity. Deal with it. You’re making the rest of us infidels look bad.

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  24. The Finisher

    December 2nd, 2012

    I would like to know WHO made the decision to restrict the child’s speech on one complaint and how did that one person know what was written in the speech? And who was it that protested? Name please!

    Should have told that slug to stay home!

    Folks, we are losing our America to slime, to degenerates, to GOD hating fools.Time to stand UP!!!!!!!!

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  25. grayjohn

    December 2nd, 2012

    @Xavier, no there is no separation of christianity or any other religion in the constitution. Not one mention of it. Church and state isn’t in there.

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  26. grayjohn

    December 2nd, 2012

    The needs of the few or the one, do not outweigh the needs of the many.

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  27. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    December 2nd, 2012

    All for One and None for all, aye?

    I keep telling myself, someday, someday…

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  28. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    December 2nd, 2012

    Also, they are always saying this is what democracy looks like. Well lets have that look and see shall we?

    100:1 parents did not have a problem, so you lose.

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  29. RosalindJ

    December 2nd, 2012

    P.S. ‘Ken Paulson, president and chief executive officer of the First Amendment Center in Washington, D.C’ who first stated he agreed that the school did the right thing and then after being contacted by the Examiner site, said he did not endorse the school’s ruling comes across as one of those flip-floppy hair-splitters.

    Is some one representing the FAC incapable of speaking directly and plainly to an issue? there are not enough adults in position of responsibility on our side.

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  30. Xavier

    December 2nd, 2012

    @grayjohn

    Thank you for noticing, that was the point.

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  31. shotwell

    December 2nd, 2012

    I think this needs to come to a head once and for all. I hate to say it but the Supreme Court will have to decide what is permitted under law.

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  32. Brian in BC

    December 2nd, 2012

    If all the progressives would like to hand over all of their cash which includes “in God we Trust” on it…I’d be happy to take these filthy religious tokens off of your hands.

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  33. Nutjob

    December 2nd, 2012

    I think this needs to come to a head once and for all. I hate to say it but the Supreme Court will have to decide what is permitted under law.

    I thought freedom of expression and religion was the law.
    This little girl isn’t a teacher who like the libs like to push and teach their opnions, rights, and views on others……so its a no brainer.

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  34. dennis

    December 2nd, 2012

    Nutjob…the same bunch who took prayer away from public schools, found a right to abortion and gave Obamacare a green light? If we are not already doomed that decision would surely seal our fate.

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  35. scr_north

    December 2nd, 2012

    I feel for the kid whose parents made the complaint. The parents can sit back all smug and feeling vindicated for this “victory” but I’ll bet their kid is going through several levels of crap from the other kids as we all know how understanding kids can be. In any event, where are the ACLU? Aren’t they suppose to protect the young writer? This is clearly not a case of church and state separation as the poem was a product of the student and not one that was meant to be taught to the students. The school board are pussies.

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  36. AbigailAdams

    December 2nd, 2012

    I don’t care whether the atheist is wrong — it’s their right to disbelieve. But I do care that someone could be so selfish as to insist on their (incredibly) marginal need. That, and the fact that our constitution protects religious freedom, not quash it. This all goes back to one court decision and it needs to be reversed. Join ACLJ and put your money where your mouth is and where it has the most effect.

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  37. Trixie Bluebell

    December 2nd, 2012

    This all reminds me of the latest libtard move — ONE parent complained about a child’s class trip to see “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on stage. The entire trip got canceled. Now why couldn’t that libtard act like a grownup and if he/she didn’t want the child to go, just keep him/her home and don’t spoil the day for the rest of the kids.

    Another thought — if the minority (atheist libtards) can cause activities, etc to be canceled, why can’t we stomp our feet, pout & complain that we want Obama gone?

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  38. AbigailAdams

    December 2nd, 2012

    Trixie Bluebell — It’s my contention that all progtards are, at heart, miserable people. They are the consumate accountants; sizing up everyone’s stuff and comparing it their own. And since they largely seem to be too lazy to make, they are only happy when everyone else is pared down to their own miserable little lifestyle. Then they drag out some version of moral superiority (like not believing in God, for instance) to try to make their little, dingey, mean lives seem important. No joy. For anyone.

    “Living in thatch huts, sitting before a fire of burning cow pie, eating sustainable algae cakes and planning organic bake sales to save the Guatemalan water snake.” (Thanks BillW)

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