Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Student Sues Wisconsin School After Getting a Zero for Religious Drawing

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

What is written above is the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States. You will notice that it does not say anything about the "separation of church and state." This is an unfortunate re-phrasing of the establishent clause of the 1st amendment. The use of this article by public schools and other government agencies to restrict the free expression of religion on their respective campuses is nothing less than unconstitutional.

FoxNews is reportiong today that a high school student in Madison Wisconsin is suing his school after receiving a zero on an art project that contained religious symbolism. The story, which can be read here, alleges that his teacher censored his artwork because it contained a religious symbol (the cross) and a biblical reference (John 3:16). In an age of "tolerance," Christianity seems to be the one religion that is intollerable, as reported:

"We hear so much today about tolerance," said David Cortman, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal advocacy group representing the student. "But where is the tolerance for religious beliefs? The whole purpose of art is to reflect your own personal experience. To tell a student his religious beliefs can legally be censored sends the wrong message."

This story is and should be drawing a great deal of media attention, but it is of special importance for Christians. This story is representative of many that are being played out across our nation in the guise of "separation of church and state." That statement, however, is not to be found anywhere in our constitution. Religious expression is a freedom guaranteed in our constitution. In an age of political correctness, it seems that all methods of expression are available except the expression of genuine Christianity...

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