Tennessee school censors references to God in students' art

A Tennessee elementary school is censoring the words "In God We Trust" and "God Bless the USA" on student made posters in its hallway.  The school leaership claims the offending language was covered up because it included the word "God", and as a result was in violation of existing school board policy.

Of course pay no mind to the fact that "In God We Trust" IS our national motto...made such by the US Congress no less in 1956.  But this school (and one assumes the school board) would rather be cowed by the ACLU.  And this behavior comes despite the fact that the school district won a case against the ACLU just last year.

... In 2006, lawyers from the ACLU sued the school to stop it from recognizing religious events, including See You at the Pole and the National Day of Prayer.

In May 2008, a U.S. District Court judge refused to grant the ACLU's request.

This year, each poster, made on personal time without the use of any school funds or supplies, included the disclaimer: "See You at the Pole is a student-initiated and student-led event and is not endorsed by Lakeview Elementary or Wilson County schools."

Nevertheless, the lawsuit states, the school's assistant principal told parents – upon advisement from the principal and director of schools for the county – that Scripture verses and phrases mentioning "God" would not be permitted on the posters. Even "come pray" was deemed in violation of school policy for using the word "pray." ...

So we've now gone so far that a student, working on their own time with their own materials, can't mention God - even if they include a lengthy lawer-written disclaimer?

The answer is "yes".

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