Joelle Silver, 29, teaches Biology and Anatomy in the Cheektowaga Central School District. She has taught in the District for 7 years. She was allegedly told she would be fired if she did not remove certain quotes and objects, which included a “prayer request” box for the school’s (apparently not her’s) Bible Study Club (all emphasis below is mine).
One of the notes school board officials ordered Silver to remove consisted of a quote from President Ronald Reagan, asserting “without God democracy will not and cannot endure” and “If ever we forget that we are One nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under.”
District officials also demanded that Silver hide away — in a private folder — the collection of small personal sticky notes containing inspirational Bible verses she had kept on her desk.
One of several posters at issue was emblazoned with an American flag, some school books and a quote from Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians: “Be on guard. Stand true to what you believe. Be courageous. Be strong. And everything you do must be done in love.”
Initially, the school felt forced to take action after Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint. The school reportedly sent an 8-page letter to Silver, which stated:
“your rights to free speech and expression are not as broad as if your were simply a private citizen.”
Ms. Silver has filed a lawsuit:
The lawsuit alleges that teachers in the Cheektowaga Central School District are permitted to display material in their classrooms that reflects their personalities and values, including political and social values. As such, the Buffalo News notes, Silver maintains that she has been wronged because the Christian faith and the Bible are paramount among her values. (Read the entire story at Daily Caller)
Take a look at the Apostle Paul’s quote above. It doesn’t matter who you are, that advise encompasses all religions and cultures, and Reagan’s quote has been shown to be true the world-over. There are no true democracies with freedom and liberty without God guiding the leaders.
First, I’m impressed that we still have science teachers in public schools. I thought Hygiene teachers had to step into the vacancies left by those talented teachers pursuing a life without the NEA. Second, I’m mixed about this, depending on what other Cheektowaga teachers are doing, as alleged by Ms. Silver. How much Marxism is covertly or overtly taught in the District? I’m mixed only because, in a public school, I can see Muhammad and Ayatollah Khomeini quotations on bulletin boards across our Nation, and rather than a prayer request box, students grabbing prayer rugs, and rushing to experience Islamic prayer 5 times a day.
Can you see your child leaving Silver’s Anatomy class with it’s “prayer request” box prominent and walking down the hall to the History class where your child will unequivocally learn that Islam is a religion of peace, and you, their parents, are redneck Nazis? The problem: Ms Silver will lose her fight and the children will lose the comfort of the prayer box, but on down the hallway, they will still be taught Islam is a religion of piece, they will know nothing of truth about Muhammad, and you are a redneck Nazi.
I believe we should have prayer in schools, but not any prayer other than Christian, so I am satisfied to do without it because that mimicking of our Founders will be turned against us, but I want our lying and distorting Marxist History, Civics and English (and some Religion) teachers out of our schools. If we believed in our Constitution, understood our Constitutional Republic, and honestly studied the Founders, a prayer box would not be a threat to any American. Prayers for Joelle Silver. Photo courtesy of Buffalo News. Read more here.