Parents Decry 'God is Dead' Posters in Georgia Public School

Saturday, 17 Aug 2013 07:26 PM

By Andrea Billups

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The provocative words come from an Arthur Miller play, "The Crucible: "God is dead," Miller wrote.

But some parents at one Covington, Ga. school are angry that school administrators will not take down posters bearing those literary words, made by language arts students, which adorn a classroom wall at Alcovy High.

“It made my daughter very uncomfortable,” said Alcovy parent Crystal Mitchell, whose child is a 10th grader, in an interview with MyFoxAtlanta.com.

"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 school, is a huge concern for me,” Mitchell said.

School officials said the book about the Salem witch trials and McCarthy-era communism is read by high school students in the district and the poster marks a learning experience, not a thumb in the face of religion.

"If it’s not appropriate in the classroom wall, where is it appropriate?” said Newton County Schools Public Relations Director Sherri Davis-Viniard to MyFoxAtlanta.com.

She added: "The student was not reflecting religious preferences. Basically, he's just reflecting a quote in the book."

Mitchell disagrees. "It doesn't have a place on the school wall — just doesn't have a place in public school," she said.




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