NY teacher sues after being told to remove classroom religious signs; student had complained

  • Article by: CAROLYN THOMPSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 15, 2013 - 11:04 AM
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evldedJan. 15, 1311:23 AM

"Ms. Silver does not cease being a Christian, nor does she shed her constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate," he said." -- Uh... yes she does. She can always find a job at one of those voucher schools that preach more than teach.

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vizzleJan. 15, 1311:25 AM

Don't we have bigger problems to worry about? Like worshiping at the altar of corporate power?

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cyberpunkJan. 15, 13 1:09 PM

The most infuriating thing about these incidents is how the self-described devout Christians claim victimhood when you point out they are violating the law. A so-called Christian complains that her Constitutional rights are being violated when she is the one violating the rights of her students by pushing her sectarian religious beliefs in a public school classroom. Isn’t humility supposed to be a Christian value? How does that jive with pushing one’s beliefs on a captive audience of children. That’s not humility, it’s arrogance.

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mnmaggiemnJan. 15, 13 2:50 PM

"His June letter instructed Silver to remove several posters and sticky notes with religious references, including a poster with images of an American flag and text books with a superimposed quote: "Be on guard. Stand true to what you believe. Be courageous. Be strong. And everything you do must be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14.""...Honestly its a good quote, would it have been an issue without the Corinthians behind it?

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mnmaggiemnJan. 15, 13 2:56 PM

OMG so to be fair to one persons religious beliefs we have to stomp on the beliefs of another, people just leave it. Let people beleive what they want, how is a poster effecting you, really?

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ontherecordJan. 16, 13 6:23 AM

mnmaggiemn: "OMG so to be fair to one persons religious beliefs we have to stomp on the beliefs of another, people just leave it. Let people beleive what they want, how is a poster effecting you, really?" Do you really want teachers pushing their personal beliefs on your children? What if she were a Muslim, or a witch (Wicca)? Personal religious beliefs do not belong in the classroom. If in a public school, they become state-sponsored religion... absolutely prohibited by the Constitution.

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davehougJan. 16, 13 6:31 AM

What part of "nor prohibit the free exercise thereof" 1st amendments does not apply??? The US government must not establish a religion nor use a test of religion for office. That does NOT forbid all expression of religion. The Constitution has no freedom from religion. - - davehoug@comcast.net

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mcnizz53Jan. 16, 13 8:00 AM

I attended both Catholic and Public schools (in the 1950's & 1960's). I NEVER knew the religious affiliation of my Public school teachers; we didn't pray in Public school; we all said the Pledge in grade school -- the teacher in this article would have been out of place back then.

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clnorthJan. 16, 1312:47 PM

"What if she were a Muslim, or a witch (Wicca)? Personal religious beliefs do not belong in the classroom." If she were a Muslim, they would probably have built her bathroom with a sink she could wash her feet in and then provided a room to pray in.

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chuckdancerJan. 16, 13 1:24 PM

..."Ms. Silver does not cease being a Christian, nor does she shed her constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate," he said."...************************* ******************************************** Absolutely correct. However, being of a certain faith is not at issue. There is no constitutional right to push a religious belief onto children. If she is fervent in her beliefs she may pursue a career in a nonpublic school. We don't owe her a spot in our public schools.

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