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Aug 22 2013

Yes, Irreligious Art is Allowed in School

A parent in Newton County, Georgia is upset because a display of drawings done by students includes one that says “God is dead.” But just as students are free to express religious views in homework assignments when appropriate, they’re also free to express irreligious views.

Crystal Mitchell says the words and the images upset her 10th grade daughter.

“If my child can’t pray in school and they’ve taken religion out of school, for this to be plastered on the walls of the public school is a huge concern to me,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell believes the drawings should be taken down.

“It doesn’t have a place on the school wall — just doesn’t have a place in public school,” she said.

Just imagine what her reaction would be if another parent complained about a drawing that was religious in nature. She’d almost certainly be screaming about tyranny and religious oppression. Christian privilege, anyone?

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  1. 1
    daved

    It’s now been taken down. And, of course, the religious crowd is crowing about their victory.

  2. 2
    Gregory in Seattle

    I suspect that she would have been delighted to see a drawing that said, “Allah is dead.”

    Privilege is always ugly.

  3. 3
    Modusoperandi

    “If my child can’t pray in school and they’ve taken religion out of school, for this to be plastered on the walls of the public school is a huge concern to me,” said Mitchell.

    Sure. “If”.

  4. 4
    exdrone

    Just as you’re not allowed to leak the answers of a test to other students, you’re not allowed to post “God is dead” on the wall. It’s the ultimate give-away.

  5. 5
    Doug Little

    Would their heads have exploded if it had of been the Piss Christ on the wall instead.

  6. 6
    John Pieret

    If my child can’t pray in school

    Another false premise. Your child and every other child in the school cannot be made to pray by the government, including a prayer you might not approve of.

    It’s now been taken down. And, of course, the religious crowd is crowing about their victory.

    I could see them dancing around the burning artwork, books and the occasional heretic.

  7. 7
    Doug Little

    Also, bravo to the artist whomever they were, their art was successful at provoking an emotional response, although to be fair the target was weak.

  8. 8
    abb3w

    There’s probably some controversy for debate, about what point (and what principles determine) the line between protected “free expression” and unprotected “bullying” in student expression.

    This, however, looks pretty far into the protected territory.

  9. 9
    kantalope

    What if the picture was of a group of people putting the beat-down on someone with a sign that said ‘god is dead’?

    That would be ok, I’m guessing.

  10. 10
    gshelley

    I wonder what would happen if it was a picture of a cross and “Jesus loves you”? Or if her daughter had produced such a picture. I doubt she’d be telling the daughter it was inappropriate.

  11. 11
    raven

    Crystal Mitchell says the words and the images upset her 10th grade daughter..

    I don’t see why.

    If god is dead, her daughter can always find another imaginary friend.

    Imaginary friends are very easy to make up.

  12. 12
    eric

    what point (and what principles determine) the line between protected “free expression” and unprotected “bullying” in student expression.

    Given that God is not a student at the school, ts not the school’s concern if he’s getting bullied.

  13. 13
    chilidog99

    10th grade?

    A sophomore in high school?

    Waaa waaa waaa

    I bet the other kids think she is a jerk.

  14. 14
    escuerd

    The right wing has worked hard for as long as I can remember to conflate the removal of school-sponsored prayer with the banning of prayer altogether. The poor persecuted dears.

  15. 15
    gshelley

    OK, that 10th grade thing didn’t register for me either. She’d be what 15, 16? That makes it even more ridiculous.

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