School Orders Child to Remove G-d From Poem

The child, a young girl at West Marion Elementary School in North Carolina was ordered by Principal Desarae Kirkpatrick to remove the word G-d from her poem that was to be read later that day at a Veteran’s Day ceremony.

A North Carolina community is embroiled in controversy after a school ordered a six-year-old girl to remove the word “G-d” from a poem that she was supposed to read during a Veteran’s Day ceremony.

The girl is a first-grader at West Marion Elementary School. She was supposed to read the poem during a school assembly marking Veteran’s Day. The poem honored her two grandfathers who had served during the Vietnam War.

He prayed to G-d for peace, he prayed to G-d for strength,” the poem read.

A parent reportedly found out about the poem and expressed concern about mentioning the word G-d during a school event. The parent did not want the Almighty’s name mentioned anywhere in the program, according to one account.

“We wanted to make sure we were upholding the school district’s responsibility of separation of church and state from the Establishment Clause,” Supt. Gerri Martin told the McDowell News.

Martin told the newspaper she made the decision in consultation with the school’s principal and vice principal.

“We jointly decided that we must err on the side of caution to prevent crossing the line on the Establishment Clause of the Constitution,” Kirkpatrick told the newspaper. “As a principal of a public school, I must put aside my personal religious beliefs and follow the law — which upholds that we have freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but that we, as public schools, cannot endorse one single religion over another.”

Fox News contacted the parents of the child but they declined to comment on the controversy.

The incident has sparked widespread concern across this western North Carolina community — called by many the buckle of the Bible Belt.

“I’m reserving my opinion at this point – but I’m very concerned that the young lady’s First Amendment rights have been broken,” said Scott Hagaman, senior pastor of Marion’s First Baptist Church.

He told Fox News that ministers across the community are alarmed what happened and many are asking questions.

“It’s saturated the community,” he said. “I’m quite sure it will be handled appropriately and fairly but right now there is a lot of concern that this child was not treated appropriately.”

The issue is expected to be addressed by local residents at next week’s school board meeting.

“I am outraged that a school would deny a six year old child her First Amendment rights — especially during an assembly to honor our nation’s veterans,” Trudy Pascoe told Fox News. “It is unacceptable for schools to continue to deny students rights because of their Christian viewpoint.”

Chris Greene, who happens to be employed by the school district, spoke to board members earlier this week.

“My question is this, when do the rights of one outweigh the rights of another,” he asked in remarks covered by the local newspaper. “I believe that this little girl’s rights were violated and that those who worked so hard to prepare this program should receive an apology.”

Pastor Hagaman said it’s no surprise that the First Amendment debate has reached their small town.

“I don’t think there’s anywhere in the country where you can hide from these issues — with the culture changing so quickly,” he said.


G-d is no longer to be mentioned any where.  Next it will be the crosses on the churches or perhaps just destroying the churches themselves.

I wonder if these idiots would have done the same thing if the word was Allah and not G-d.  Do you think the Muslim community would have responded the way the Christian community has?

I don’t think so.

If you are as angered as I am you can contact the school at:

820 Marler Road

Marion, North Carolina



828-730-3592 (FAX)

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  • Muslims in the White House are to blame. I am not convinced this matter will be handled wisely as it already has been handled wrongfully going against the one true God, what a shame for a first grader whose heart is right. How dare they change the creative writing of anyone. My child would be leaving that evil school. You bet I’ll call the Godless school . . .
    Thanks for this post warning us all just what we are up against, among other things, the next four years with this Godless Obama Regime and his MB, of which I loathe with a passion in every way. (hopefully he will read this)

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  • Who ordered the removal of “o” in God? Linked here:

    • From Judaism 101:

      Jews do not casually write any Name of G-d. This practice does not come from the commandment not to take the Lord’s Name in vain, as many suppose. In Jewish thought, that commandment refers solely to oath-taking, and is a prohibition against swearing by God’s Name falsely or frivolously (the word normally translated as “in vain” literally means “for falsehood”).

      Judaism does not prohibit writing the Name of God per se; it prohibits only erasing or defacing a Name of G-d. However, observant Jews avoid writing any Name of G-d casually because of the risk that the written Name might later be defaced, obliterated or destroyed accidentally or by one who does not know better.

      The commandment not to erase or deface the name of G-d comes from Deut. 12:3. ( In that passage, the people are commanded that when they take over the promised land, they should destroy all things related to the idolatrous religions of that region, and should utterly destroy the names of the local deities. Immediately afterwards, we are commanded not to do the same to our God. From this, the rabbis inferred that we are commanded not to destroy any holy thing, and not to erase or deface a Name of G-d.

      It is worth noting that this prohibition against erasing or defacing Names of G-d applies only to Names that are written in some kind of permanent form. Orthodox rabbis have held that writing on a computer is not a permanent form, thus it is not a violation to type G-d’s Name into a computer and then backspace over it or cut and paste it, or copy and delete files with G-d’s Name in them. However, once you print the document out, it becomes a permanent form. That is why observant Jews avoid writing a Name of G-d online: because there is a risk that someone else will print it out and deface it.

      While I am not an Orthodox Jew, I do refrain from writing the name of G-d. This is out of respect for Him.

  • Superbe article, vraiment simple et utile. Bravo pour sa mise en ligne. C’est ce genre d’information que le public

  • Parents need to start attending school board meetings and raise their collective voices.