7-year-old silenced at school for sharing his faith!
A public elementary school in Palmdale, California, is attempting to silence children. The school has prohibited a seven-year-old boy from sharing bible verses at school and is using the local police department to enforce this silencing.
This must be stopped! An elementary school bullying a Christian child into silence is unconscionable. It is critical that the right of school children to share their faith be protected. Please join with us in sending a loud message to Desert Rose Elementary School that we will not stand for discrimination and bullying of Christian children.
Christina Zavala would send notes and Bible verses to elementary school with her son Caleb in his lunch bag. Excited about these verses and Bible stories, seven-year-old Caleb would share these notes with his friends.
But when Caleb’s teacher heard about this, she told Caleb’s mom to stop sending Bible verses with her son. The teacher incorrectly claimed that “the separation of church and state” requires that Caleb “no longer read or share Bible verses or stories at lunch.”
The Constitution says no such thing. Caleb’s mom correctly told the teacher that the Constitution protects her son’s right to talk about God and share verses at lunchtime at school.
But the teacher continued to publicly reprimand Caleb—sending him home in tears—and eventually a deputy sheriff called by the school district came to the Zavala’s home to tell their seven-year old to stop sharing notes at school! According to the deputy, “someone might be offended” by the notes.
Roger Gannam, a lawyer for the Zavala’s, called this what it is: “ignorance of the law, hostility toward Christianity, and gross abuse of police power.”
The Constitution, even as interpreted by the current liberal Court, does not stop school children from talking about their faith. In fact, the Free Exercise Clause protects students’ rights in school as long as they don’t disrupt class!
Only a purposeful discrimination against Christianity would lead to this kind of hostility. As the school year approaches, we need to take a stand now to protect the rights of Christian students to share their faith—even if some teachers are “offended”! We need to come together to protect Caleb’s rights to share his Bible verses during lunchtime at school! Caleb’s courageous evangelism should be applauded, not treated like a crime.