Teacher trashes messages a first-grader brought to class referring to Christ, says non-profit group

source: Kit Daniels
A school teacher told a first grader that “Jesus is not allowed in school” while tearing off messages reciting a religious legend that the student attached to candy canes he brought for his class, a non-profit group claims.

Even the mention of Jesus Christ, who is a noted teacher, will get students in trouble at this school. Credit: waitingfortheword via Flickr

Even the mention of Jesus Christ, who is a noted teacher, will get students in trouble at this school. Credit: waitingfortheword via Flickr

Each candy cane that first grader Isaiah Martinez brought for his classmates came attached with the legend that a candy maker created candy canes to symbolize the life of Jesus Christ, which the teacher reportedly tore off of each cane and threw in the trash under the direction of the school principal.

After telling Martinez that “Jesus is not allowed in school,” the teacher handed him back his candy canes without the messages attached.

“Isaiah then nervously handed the candy canes to his classmates in fear that he was in trouble for trying to bring a little Christmas cheer and ‘good tidings’ to class,” the non-profit group Advocates for Faith & Freedom said in its press release.

The non-profit group demanded that the school stop “officials from bullying and intimidating Christian and religiously-affiliated students.”

“Advocates for Faith & Freedom has experienced a surge in phone calls from students and their parents across the country who are victims of religiously motivated bullying; not bullying by other students, but bullying by teachers and school officials,” Robert Tyler, the general counsel for the group, stated. “The pendulum has swung so far in the opposite direction that public schools are becoming a place of hostility toward Christian and other religiously-based worldviews.”

“It’s time to push the pendulum back in the right direction where kids can experience true tolerance without religiously motivated hostility from their teachers and school officials.”

The message Martinez attached to the candy canes was presumably the folklore that a candy maker in 17th-century Germany designed the canes in reference to the shepherds who visited infant Jesus as he lay in his manger.

Additionally, the candy maker used the color white in the candy canes to symbolize the sinless life of Jesus, according to the legend.

Martinez’s horrible experience, which he will likely remember for the rest of his life, is just one of latest attacks on Christianity which are increasing both inside and outside common core classrooms.

As Kurt Nimmo reported last month, an advocacy group forced the U.S. Air Force to remove a Christmas nativity scene.

Also, as an experiment, social analyst Mark Dice asked California beach goers this past summer if they would sign a petition to ban Christian symbols from public view.

Sure enough, many of them did.

Back in April, it was revealed that U.S. army training documents referred to “Evangelical Christianity” and “Catholicism” as examples of “religious extremism.”

Noted blogger Michael Snyder pointed out that right now there is a worldwide, systematic persecution of Christians.

“Very few Americans are even aware that it has been estimated that 100 million Christians are currently facing persecution and that approximately 100,000 Christians die for their faith each year,” he wrote. “Christians all over the world are being burned alive, beheaded, crucified, tortured to death and imprisoned in metal shipping containers just because of what they believe.”

“This persecution goes on year after year and it is steadily intensifying, but the governments of the western world and the mainstream media are almost entirely ignoring what is happening.”