Las Vegas School Apologizes Over Bible Verse Denial

The North Las Vegas school that told a 6th grader she couldn’t include a Bible verse in a homework assignment has apologized to the family for doing so and has allowed her to resubmit the assignment the way she wanted to do it. This is the right result, I’m sure on the advice of their attorneys.

Somerset Academy apologized Friday to a 12-year-old student who had been denied the use of a Bible verse in a school project in February, according to the Liberty Institute, which represents her family.

Sixth-grader Mackenzie Fraiser had originally been told by a teacher at the North Las Vegas public charter school that she couldn’t use the John 3:16 verse in a PowerPoint presentation titled “All About Me,” which had to include an “inspirational saying,” Liberty Institute said…

Mackenzie on Friday was being allowed to resubmit the project with the verse included, the Liberty Institute said.

Legal counsel from the Liberty Institute, a Texas-based religious rights law firm, on Wednesday sent the school a demand letter asking for an apology and gave officials 10 days to respond to avoid legal action.

The apology letter, published on Liberty Institute’s website, says the teacher and administrators acted in good faith but that they were wrong.

“After reviewing the facts of this particular situation, Somerset Academy recognizes that the teacher and assistant principal incorrectly implemented those guidelines. Expression of a student’s religious beliefs in the form of homework, artwork, and other written or oral assignments is protected speech and should have been allowed in this instance.”

Good for everyone involved.

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    The North Las Vegas school that told a 6th grader she couldn’t include a Bible verse in a homework assignment has apologized to the family for doing so and has allowed her to resubmit the assignment the way she wanted to do it.

    They also comp’d her a meal and fifty bucks in chips.

     

    the John 3:16 verse

    Isn’t that cliche at this point? Isn’t it the religious equivalent of “The dictionary defines…” at the start of a graduate address?

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    @Modus

    …and fifty bucks in chips.

    I’m so incompetent in Vegas culture that I totally got sidetracked by the “meal” reference and thought you were referring to corn chips or potato chips or something like that.

    Wow, I can be an idiot at times.

  • thebookofdave

    @Crip Dyke

    Don’t feel so bad. I thought he meant MacKenzie was awarded the Friday special: Fish & Chips.

  • Paul Neubauer

    If it helps, Crip Dyke, you are far from the only one. I have to admit that potato chips was my first thought too. So at least your not the only idiot here. :)

    Paul

  • Paul Neubauer

    Aaargh! your ==> you’re

    Thereby proving that there are idiots other than you. (We really need an editing ability.)

  • dingojack

    Crip Dyke (#2) – Only ‘at times‘?!?

    Ha! I can beat that record — easily!*

    :) Dingo

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    * for me personally, insert ‘all’ between the words quoted

  • Die Anyway

    Well, I still feel sorry for the 6th grader… that her parents have deluded her with that religious crap and that now the delusion has been supported by the school system. I can only hope that the school’s original reaction stays with her and makes her think about it more thoroughly in the future.

  • Freodin

    I can only hope that the school’s original reaction stays with her and makes her think about it more thoroughly in the future.

    No. No, no, no, no… no!

    The original school’s reaction was “you mustn’t talk about that”. Worst reaction even for a school or for anyone who wants to promote free thought.

    Yes, we might disagree with all this religion stuff. But forbidding it is as bad as forcing it.

  • otrame

    Freodin is absolutely right. They are the ones who want to force their ideas on school kids. We shouldn’t think like that. That child has every right to express herself appropriately in a class setting, including mentioning her religious faith. The essay in question wasn’t science. I support her 100%. Of course I disagree with her view of how the universe works but I can get along fine with theists as long as they don’t force rules on me that are based solely on their particular religion. I, in turn, will not try to impose my lack of faith on them. Multiculturalism FTW.

  • Peter B

    I’m reminded of a Christian elementary school teacher who asked her students (IIRC age 6-7) to draw or paint their thoughts about Christmas. She organized the art by category i.e. Winter, Decorated trees, Family, Gifts, Santa Claus and the baby Jesus. All art was posted.

    At the time she said this I was a devoted Christian. Somehow that still seems proper now that I agree with Deacon Duncan’s observation that god does not show up in real life.