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    Student Sues School After Getting A Zero On Religion Drawing

    MADISON, Wis. — A Tomah High School student has filed a federal lawsuit alleging his art teacher censored his drawing because it featured a cross and a biblical reference.
    The lawsuit alleges other students were allowed to draw "demonic" images and asks a judge to declare a class policy prohibiting religion in art unconstitutional.
    "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."
    Tomah School District Business Manager Greg Gaarder said the district hadn't seen the lawsuit and declined to comment.
    more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,344350,00.html

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    Shame. there have been some truly wonderful pieces of art inspired by religion.

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    The teacher's an idiot.

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    Sounds like the teacher walks and lives on the dark side.

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    I happened to think the drawing was nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by White Rain View Post
    I happened to think the drawing was nice.
    I love the drawing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KOOL LOOK View Post
    Sounds like the teacher walks and lives on the dark side.
    That's a pretty heavy charge, don't ya think, Kool? More likely than not, the teacher over-reacted in trying to protect the school district. There's a HUGE misconception out there about what schools can and can't do in terms of religious activities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishMist View Post
    That's a pretty heavy charge, don't ya think, Kool? More likely than not, the teacher over-reacted in trying to protect the school district. There's a HUGE misconception out there about what schools can and can't do in terms of religious activities.

    No kidding. Pretty heavy indeed.

    If you click on the link and read the entire article it seems there was no problem with the drawing until the student added the bible verse and when the teacher asked him to remove it he refused and then tore up the policy .

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    Did anyone force the other students who it offended to look at it? Obviously, if the teacher was that upset by it she didn't hang it up.

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    think this lawsuit is important. If this school has guidelines about religious expression and this boy was told that his expression infringed on other students's rights, then why do they have other religious iconography about the school as well as teachers who teach some of it. They are sending confusing mixed messages.

    I've long felt that it is ridiculous to remove religion from education. Religion (if only from an historical perspective) is a part of every subject under the sun.
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    I am atheist, but I think that this school's policy against religion in artwork is absurd and I support the student's lawsuit. It is totally ridiculous to disallow religious themes and symbols from artistic expression. Some of these educators do not understand the separation of church and state. The prevention of schools/teachers from alienating students or sanctioning one religion over others through organized prayer or other religious practices does not mean that students should be made to feel ashamed of their religion nor should they be prevented from expressing their beliefs as long as they are not imposing it on others. There is no law against prayer in school. Any child may do so if he/she wishes. It just cannot be dictated or organized by the school or school officials. A student including religious symbolism in an art assignment or in a creative writing assignment is the same thing. There is no law against that, nor should there be. What is not allowed is for the teacher to require a student to create piece of religious art or literature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypros View Post
    I am atheist, but I think that this school's policy against religion in artwork is absurd and I support the student's lawsuit. It is totally ridiculous to disallow religious themes and symbols from artistic expression. Some of these educators do not understand the separation of church and state. The prevention of schools/teachers from alienating students or sanctioning one religion over others through organized prayer or other religious practices does not mean that students should be made to feel ashamed of their religion nor should they be prevented from expressing their beliefs as long as they are not imposing it on others. There is no law against prayer in school. Any child may do so if he/she wishes. It just cannot be dictated or organized by the school or school officials. A student including religious symbolism in an art assignment or in a creative writing assignment is the same thing. There is no law against that, nor should there be. What is not allowed is for the teacher to require a student to create piece of religious art or literature.
    What a great post! It's so nice to see people who can look at OTHER sides regardless of what they think/feel!

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    So, was it right for the boy to tear up the policy when the teacher handed it to him? I think the teacher wasn't necessarily right, but neither was the student. If he didn't like her decision, he should have appealed to the principal, not torn up the policy. I'm sorry, but his behavior wasn't exactly stellar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KOOL LOOK View Post
    Sounds like the teacher walks and lives on the dark side.
    Rarely do I feel the need to comment on remarks like this, but for once I'm going to. How on earth do you know that? That's a pretty nasty thing to say considering all she did was give the kid a zero.

    Pardon me for a moment while I venture in to rant mode here, just because she doesn't share your views doesn't mean she lives on the "dark side" whatever that means. I'll shut up now because anything else I say will earn me a time out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eire View Post
    So, was it right for the boy to tear up the policy when the teacher handed it to him? I think the teacher wasn't necessarily right, but neither was the student. If he didn't like her decision, he should have appealed to the principal, not torn up the policy. I'm sorry, but his behavior wasn't exactly stellar.
    no the teen screwed up. he should have taken it to the principal and when the principal backed the teacher he should sue. the school supports this policy in more than 1 class and that is wrong. the student had every right to be upset but should have handled it the way he did after he lost his temper. the lawsuit is not about him getting kicked out of class for acting out. he acted out and was punished. the lawsuit is about his right to freely express his beliefs.

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