Teacher trashes messages a first-grader brought to class referring to Christ, says non-profit group
January 7, 2014
A school teacher told a first grader that “Jesus is not allowed in school” while tearing off messages reciting a religious legend that the student attached to candy canes he brought for his class, a non-profit group claims.
Each candy cane that first grader Isaiah Martinez brought for his classmates at Merced Elementary came attached with the legend that a candy maker created candy canes to symbolize the life of Jesus Christ, which the teacher reportedly tore off of each cane and threw in the trash under the direction of the school principal.
After telling Martinez that “Jesus is not allowed in school,” the teacher handed him back his candy canes without the messages attached.
“Isaiah then nervously handed the candy canes to his classmates in fear that he was in trouble for trying to bring a little Christmas cheer and ‘good tidings’ to class,” the non-profit group Advocates for Faith & Freedom said in its press release.
The non-profit group demanded that the school in West Covina, California stop “officials from bullying and intimidating Christian and religiously-affiliated students.”
“Advocates for Faith & Freedom has experienced a surge in phone calls from students and their parents across the country who are victims of religiously motivated bullying; not bullying by other students, but bullying by teachers and school officials,” Robert Tyler, the general counsel for the group, stated. “The pendulum has swung so far in the opposite direction that public schools are becoming a place of hostility toward Christian and other religiously-based worldviews.”
“It’s time to push the pendulum back in the right direction where kids can experience true tolerance without religiously motivated hostility from their teachers and school officials.”
The message Martinez attached to the candy canes was presumably the folklore that a candy maker in 17th-century Germany designed the canes in reference to the shepherds who visited infant Jesus as he lay in his manger.
Additionally, the candy maker used the color white in the candy canes to further symbolize the life of Jesus, according to the legend.
Martinez’s horrible experience, which he will likely remember for the rest of his life, is just one of the latest attacks on Christianity which are increasing both inside and outside Common Core classrooms.
A few weeks ago, the administration of a middle school in Alabama banned students from singing Christmas songs at the school’s “holiday program.”
“Under new federal regulations handed down through the Common Core standards, all publicly funded schools are required to be compliant with ‘religious tolerance’ guidelines,” the notice sent to parents read. “As a result, all religious songs/activities will be EXCLUDED from this year’s event in order to remain inclusive to those who may not practice Christianity.”
As Kurt Nimmo reported last month, an advocacy group forced the U.S. Air Force to remove a Christmas nativity scene from a base in South Carolina.
Also, as an experiment, social analyst Mark Dice asked California beach goers this past summer if they would sign a petition to ban Christian symbols from public view.
Sure enough, many of them did.
Back in May, a high school track team in Texas was disqualified from competition because one of the runners made a gesture thanking God after he finished a race.
A month earlier it was revealed that a U.S. army training document referred to “Evangelical Christianity” and “Catholicism” as examples of “religious extremism.”
Last year, an elementary school in North Carolina ordered a six-year-old girl to remove the word “God” from a poem she wrote in honor of her grandparents.
“Political correctness is spreading like a cancer in this country,” noted blogger Michael Snyder said on the subject. “Our ‘freedom of religion’ is rapidly being transformed into a guarantee of ‘freedom from religion’ for those that hate the Christian faith.”
He also pointed out that there is a worldwide, systematic persecution of Christians happening right now.
“Very few Americans are even aware that it has been estimated that 100 million Christians are currently facing persecution and that approximately 100,000 Christians die for their faith each year,” he wrote. “Christians all over the world are being burned alive, beheaded, crucified, tortured to death and imprisoned in metal shipping containers just because of what they believe.”
“This persecution goes on year after year and it is steadily intensifying, but the governments of the western world and the mainstream media are almost entirely ignoring what is happening.”