Student told she can’t write about God as her “idol”, …but Michael Jackson is okay.

This “Are You Kidding Me…??” moment is brought to us today by the United States Public School System.


“…A 10-year-old girl wrote what her mother describes as a “cute” presentation for a class assignment to discuss who she sees as her idol. When she chose the Lord Almighty, her teacher demanded a more appropriate idol, like, er … Michael Jackson?

1st amendObviously, this teacher could use a refresher course on what the First Amendment actually says.


She said her daughter was told to start over and pick another idol.

“But my teacher said I couldn’t write about God. She said It has something to do with God and God can’t be my idol,” said Shead about what her daughter told her.

Erin told her mother she was also not allowed to leave the assignment about God at school, that it must go home.

On the second try, Erin chose Michael Jackson, which was acceptable.

Come to think of it, showing the teacher the definition of the word “irony” might not be such a bad idea, either.

But I only partially blame the teacher. The primary culprit here is the Politically Correct, no-one-should-be-offended-except-Christians culture which we’ve been tacitly allowing for so many years. Christianity has been increasingly marginalized and often outright demonized… and we’ve let it happen.

This instance is not just a single occurrence: it happens in the workplace when someone is told to not openly wear a cross because it might offend someone, or told to take down an “offensive” Bible verse posted in their cubicle. And it happens in schools, in situations like the one mentioned above, or when a high school football team is told they may not have student-led prayer after a game. And it happens in a myriad of other ways.

Every. Single. Day. 

By allowing our faith to be banished from the Public Square in the interest of “tolerance”, we’re simply reinforcing the now-common cultural assumption that our faith is something which should be hidden away, out of sight, …never to be discussed in polite society. 

And I’m pretty sure I recall reading something, somewhere, to the contrary…

 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.


11 responses to “Student told she can’t write about God as her “idol”, …but Michael Jackson is okay.

  1. Reblogged this on libslayer2013 and commented:
    Another wonderful piece on the ignorance of our “smartest” folks.

    • Thanks for the re-blog, Slayer!

      It’s true that so many of the “enlightened” people today are the ones who purport to have evolved beyond faith. Obviously, that’s a lie: they’ve just transferred their faith to a false deity, be it Statism, Environmentalism, or some other “-ism”.

      The saddest part is that they are blinded to Truth. We need to pray that their eyes are opened before the end.

  2. I guess that’s ANOTHER benefit of the “little Just-Turn-Rights” being homeschooled: God is accepted as a fitting role model.

    • I’m still struck by the incongruity of saying to anyone that “God can’t be your idol”, and told to choose a pop star instead.
      And a creepy, pedophile-leaning one, at that.

      Every time I think that we might consider sending the boys to Public School next year, the schools inadvertently do me a favor and remind me why that’s not going to happen.

  3. As I have said before I am not very religious, but of course I still have an opinion. This makes no sense: it is freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion.

    I feel like the whole point of freedom of religion is because we are a melting pot of many religions and that is how it should be. A member of any religion should be outraged to be told they could not write about their god as their idol. I think you are right, JTR, it is the demonization of Christianity in this country that is the culprit. If this happened to a member of any other religion there would be an outcry. This is just not right and it should not stand. I have always said I am interested in religion and love learning about it. I have a feeling many people will not agree with me and I may make some people angry, but I truly believe kids should be exposed to as much religion as possible, all religions, and they can follow what they feel in their hearts.

    I don’t know what religion is correct but I believe it is not right to oppress any of them. It truly seems to me that right now Christianity is the only religion that it is okay, almost encouraged, to offend and in my little world that just doesn’t make sense. No matter what, it is never okay to tell a child that it is somehow wrong for their god to be their idol.

    • Well said, Dragon! And your opinion is what I’d expect from anyone: essentially Live and Let Live.

      Christianity was never intended to be kept under wraps, away from the bright lights of every day life. Its purpose is to form and focus our lives, because our faith tells us what our lives mean, and what Jesus did on the cross for our sins.

      Thanks so much for your comment, partner! Always appreciate your commonsense perspective.

  4. A sign given to us of the end times IMO.

  5. I’ll bet she got an A! He may have had some good songs, but an idol he is not. His dealings with the children were plain disgusting!

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  7. It’s definitely a palm-to-face story since we ought to know better. It’s the story of mankind, from Old Testament to modern times. Worship anything anything other than the God of the Bible. Or more appropriately, the one true God. In the mind of man it’s best throw children to Moloch than to live a righteous life before God. It’s amazing that we’re moving in the exact same direction. We’re already murdering children. Why not force the ones that survive to worship something other than God?

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