[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A sixth grade student in Nevada was given an assignment to compose a Powerpoint presentation called “All About Me,” but when the 12-year-old wanted to include a biblical verse as a core component of who she is, the public school went into complete anti-Religious, anti-First Amendment mode, demanding the verse to be replaced with something else.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]In February of this year, Mackenzie Fraiser, a sixth grader at the Somerset Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada, included as her “inspirational saying” the Bible verse, John 3:16, but the teacher informed her, and the rest of the class, that the verse would not be allowed and that Mackenzie would be forced to choose a nonreligious saying.
Then in May, the class was given the assignment to write about self-esteem, and when Mackenzie wanted to explain that the foundation of her self-esteem is grounded in being created in the image of God, she told her parents that she was afraid to because she was led to believe that writing about it would be wrong, or even illegal, based upon her being censored by the school in February.
The Liberty Institute explains that this is a clear violation of Mackenzie’s constitutional rights
Mackenzie’s father, a pastor, contacted the school to find out why his daughter had not been allowed to include a Bible verse in her project. Somerset Academy’s Assistant Principal replied to Pastor Fraiser that the school was following U.S. Department of Education guidelines. However, the school was wrong: U.S. Department of Education guidelines expressly permit student religious expression in class assignments.
“Students have a constitutional right to express their beliefs in class assignments,” says Jeremy Dys, Liberty Institute Senior Counsel. “Banning students from expressing their religious beliefs in class assignments teaches students that religion is bad. When school officials violate the civil rights of religious students,they must apologize and reaffirm the right of their students to express their faith in school assignments.
“The Supreme Court and the United States Department of Education repeatedly recognize that ‘Students may express their beliefs about religion in homework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination based on the religious content of their submissions,’” Dys explains, quoting the U.S. Department of Education’s guidelines on the subject.
Liberty Institute’s demand letter gives Somerset Academy school officials 10 days to issue a written apology to the Fraisers and allow Mackenzie to resubmit her assignment using a Bible verse of her choice.
Liberty Institute sent a demand letter to principal Dan Phillips of the Somerset Academy dated May 20, 2015, threatening legal action against the school unless Mackenzie’s constitutional rights are completely restored.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]Perhaps a quote from “Dear Leader” Obama saying “You didn’t build that,” would be an acceptable replacement as an inspirational quote by the politically correct free speech police. Most assuredly the school would have had no problem if the verse had been from the so-called “Religion of Peace,” as they wouldn’t dare denying a Muslim’s free speech.
Watch the report below via Todd Starnes, Fox Nation:
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