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January 15, 2014 - 11:05 am

Tolerance has its limits.

The incident occurred Dec. 19 inside a first grade classroom at Helen Hunt-Jackson Elementary School in Temecula, Calif. The previous day the teacher instructed boys and girls to find something at home that represented a family Christmas tradition. They were supposed to bring the item to school and share the item in a classroom presentation.

Brynn Williams decided to bring the Star of Bethlehem that adorned the top of her family’s Christmas tree. She also worked on a one minute presentation to explain that her family’s tradition is to remember the birth of Jesus at Christmas time.

“Our Christmas tradition is to put a star on top of our tree,” the little girl said. “The star is named the Star of Bethlehem. The three kings followed the star to find baby Jesus, the Savior of the world.”

Before the child could utter another word, the teacher intervened, according to Robert Tyler, the general counsel for Advocates for Faith & Freedom – the law firm representing the Williams family.

“Brynn’s teacher said, ‘Stop right there! Go take your seat,’” Tyler said. “Bryn was not allowed to finish her presentation by reciting the Bible verse, John 3:16.”

Tyler said the little girl was the only student in the class not allowed to finish her presentation.

They took the little girl to the principal’s office, the principal heard the full presentation, and then concluded that the teacher did the right thing. And now the school has clammed up, citing an “ongoing investigation.”

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I'm an atheist. My entire education was in Catholic schools (Jesuit, specifically) because my parents knew that in New York City a public school education is all but worthless.

I was never told to "stop right there" in religious ed class. I was never silenced or disciplined for my lack of faith. Quite the contrary, my views were listened to and debated by the priests and lay faculty alike. The same was true of the scattering of muslim and hindu students we had.

If only the secularists running the schools could extend that same respect. What are they so afraid of? People who are secure and confident in their beliefs don't fear dissent. And if your beliefs can't withstand a presentation by a first grader then you really ought to reconsider them.
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Interesting. We get the little girl's name, her mother's name, their lawyer's name, the name of the school and the school district's name. But the teacher and the principal go nameless. I guess the great big secular educationists are scared of a little girl and her little Bible verse.
Like any other abuse case involving minors, I say let the victim remain anonymous, but we need all the data on the accused perpetrators.
32 weeks ago
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I'm almost certain there is a line that says, "Nor Limiting the Free Exercise Thereof."

But then, I could just be having delusions.
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31 weeks ago
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and in similar news, a KS middle school "educator" defends a poster describing anal, oral and sex acts as expressing sexual feelings because "it's part of the ciriculum and invites discussion with students."

anyone see where we are heading to as a society?
32 weeks ago
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This was a setup from the beginning. Why assign such a project with regards to Christmas traditions and then expect no one to actually mention the reason for the season? This was teach children at a young age to keep their faith to themselves.
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Simple........Faith frightens the faithless.
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And if it'd been the Koran, 5 gold stars for multiculturalism and a non-Western viewpoint.
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Pitchforks and burning torches time......bring these nitwits to accountability
32 weeks ago
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I'm an atheist. My entire education was in Catholic schools (Jesuit, specifically) because my parents knew that in New York City a public school education is all but worthless.

I was never told to "stop right there" in religious ed class. I was never silenced or disciplined for my lack of faith. Quite the contrary, my views were listened to and debated by the priests and lay faculty alike. The same was true of the scattering of muslim and hindu students we had.

If only the secularists running the schools could extend that same respect. What are they so afraid of? People who are secure and confident in their beliefs don't fear dissent. And if your beliefs can't withstand a presentation by a first grader then you really ought to reconsider them.
32 weeks ago
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Interesting. We get the little girl's name, her mother's name, their lawyer's name, the name of the school and the school district's name. But the teacher and the principal go nameless. I guess the great big secular educationists are scared of a little girl and her little Bible verse.
Like any other abuse case involving minors, I say let the victim remain anonymous, but we need all the data on the accused perpetrators.
32 weeks ago
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Mrs. Ami Paradise, Principal; aparadise@tvusd.k12.ca.us

Three first-grade teachers shown: http://jes-tvusd-ca.schoolloop.com/firstgrade

I'm guessing it's the one with the high mutant forehead. (Principal also has a high mutant forehead -- check for recent UFO landings nearby.)

32 weeks ago
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It was Todd Starnes of Fox who reported this story, based on the assertions of the law firm "Advocates for Faith and Freedom". You'll have to ask Starnes why he didn't include the names of the teacher and the principal, they are widely available in the scant reporting this story has received online. It's the usual Starnes outrage machine over inconsequential issues.
32 weeks ago
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What's inconsequential about this? The teacher made it clear to the girl that her prized family tradition is something unworthy of public discussion.
32 weeks ago
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Until such teachers and administrators start getting FIRED for such illegal behavior, it will not change.

Until school districts start paying out large quantities of greenbacks for such behavior, no teachers or administrators will be fired.

Yet civil liberty law firms keep settling out of court for mere promises of better behavior in the future.

It's not nearly enough. It's tantamount to surrender.


To every thing there is a season. There is a time for peace, and there is a time for war.

We are at war.



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This is why Christian parents should be homeschooling their kids or sending them to a Christian school. Do parents think they will EVER be able to counteract the effect and humiliation this little First Grader suffered??? EVER?? Some things have no solution, and a young mind experiencing this bigotry and hate will have it seared into his mind forever. And parents need to guard against it.
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