Teacher Forced to Remove Reagan Quote, Bible Verses


Fox News: A New York public school teacher who advised a school Bible Study club has filed a civil rights lawsuit against her school district after she was forced to remove all religious content from her classroom — including a quote from former President Ronald Reagan.

Joelle Silver, a veteran teacher in the Cheektowaga Central School District in western New York, said she received a “counseling letter” signed by her superintendent that ordered her to remove all religious-themed items from her classroom or else she could be fired.

The eight-page letter informed the teacher that “your rights to free speech and expression are not as broad as if your were simply a private citizen.”

Among the items that had to be removed were a poster with an inspirational Bible verse superimposed over an American flag and inspirational messages she had written on sticky notes kept on her desk, according to court documents obtained by Fox News.

The school district also ordered her to remove a quote from former President Ronald Reagan which read in part — “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under.”

The teacher, who advises the school’s Bible Study club, was told she had to remove a “prayer request box” that was displayed by student members of the group.

Robert Muise is the co-founder of the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) and Silver’s attorney. He told Fox News he’s never seen such an egregious example of religious hostility in a public school. “It’s like they’re treating those posters and inspirational sticky notes like it’s some sort of pornography,” he told Fox News. “I find that offensive.”

He said the sole reason they are attacking his client is because she is a devout Christian. “When they launched the investigation, the literally went through her classroom with a fine-tooth comb and removed anything that had anything to do with Christianity,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like that. Ms. Silver does not cease being a Christian nor does she shed her constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate.”

Muise filed the lawsuit in federal court. He said his client received a letter saying that if she failed to comply with the school district’s religious cleansing she would face “serious disciplinary consequences, including the termination of her employment.

The Cheektowaga Central School District told television station WIVB they had received a complaint from the Freedom From Religion organization on behalf of a student. The group threatened to sue unless the teacher’s classroom was cleansed of any religious material.

“In this case, you have two interest groups that are diametrically opposed to each other and you have to make certain decisions,” Supt. Dennis Kane told the television station. “And if one side doesn’t sue you, the other side probably will.”

Silver, who is a devout Christian, was also told that if she needed to look at inspirational messages for her personal use she would have to “keep such material in a discreet folder” that only she would have access to. She was also instructed to never disclose the contents of the folder to parents or students.

Muise said the district also forbade her from any form of communication with students “that would conflict with your duty to show complete neutrality toward religion and to refrain from promoting religion or entangling yourself in religious matters.”

The AFLC found it ironic that the district allows teachers to promote non-Christian displays in their classrooms – including one teacher who promotes gay rights. “Our nation was founded to promote religious liberty,” AFLC co-founder David Yerushalmi said. “Yet, for years our public schools have been bastions of religious hostility.”

How in the world is this teacher suppose to advise a Bible Study club without religious material?

No religious quotes yet graphic sexual education is appropriate. Just another reason to home school.



8 responses to “Teacher Forced to Remove Reagan Quote, Bible Verses

  1. Now let me get this straight. The quote below is from story. It says “ONE” student complained. And they do this . What would happen if one student complained about gay stuff. sheesh fire bolts from Heaven coming our way,
    We were given paradise, and look what we did with it.
    Time to mount up and start a new religious crusade. I kinda liked the Templar outfits. LOL
    “The Cheektowaga Central School District told television station WIVB they had received a complaint from the Freedom From Religion organization on behalf of a student.”


  2. Melinda Sanders

    God, in his grace and mercy, has not destroyed us yet, but I fear we are getting very close…and quickly.


  3. I am proud of this teacher, the bunch of yahoo’s running this school need to be tarred and feathered and run out of town. (this putting it mildly) Anyone that has old books on American history and such, hang on to them. Our kids minds are being poisoned beyond belief. This Country was founded on Christian principles. This is America, if you don’t love and respect it. Don’t let the door hit you on your way out, as the door has been open for too many years and we have filled up with idiots. Go back where you came from and do your crap. If your an American pushing this horse sh*! shame on you. You go too.


  4. We are a Nation that is beginning to “gone under”. Yes, and we will most certainly, “gone under”!


  5. I can pretty much guarantee that this wouldn’t have happened had this teacher been a camel-washer.

    I hope Joelle Silver wins, and wins big.

    As for the sniveling brat that complained, they should be required to write a 10,000 word essay on the Constitution – and particularly the First Amendment.



  6. We are going to Hell in a hand basket on wheels while nobama the coachman is cracking the whip to drive the team of pulling angels faster. This is what liberalism has done to this Nation.


  7. To start with, if one person doesn’t like it, they can leave, very simple…to punish the masses for one person is wrong…The common phrase “separation of church and state” is wrong, it is not in the Constitution nor is it in the Bill of Rights…by creating laws to block such freedom of religion IS a violation of the Constitution in that “Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, nor prohibit the free exercise thereof;” .. Meaning, the government, ANY government, Fed or state, can NOT make ANY law regarding ANY religion and can NOT in ANY way prohibit the freedom to exercise those religious beliefs, as has been proven in courts where a student led prayer has been deemed perfectly legal, for example….it’s very simple, it’s very clear…But, also, not every religion is a true religion…we must keep that in mind and exercise due diligence…but, along with that, remember that this nation’s founders were generally religious people, Christianity was what they believed and it is through those beliefs and convictions that they came together to create the nation they did…but they also knew not to force upon the people any particular religion, and they knew not to force anyone NOT to practice their religious beliefs, which is why the Amendment reads as it does…so that Congress can not control religion or control what religion people can believe…that choice is left to the people…Barring ANY religious material from a classroom by a law IS a result of the government making a law respecting an establishment of religion, to a small degree, but to a very large degree it is a violation of the “…nor prohibit the free exercise thereof;…” section of the amendment…again, the blind leading the blind…


  8. As a devoted Christian I am as the face of Christ in this world & so too this teacher. Who I am in life is a portrait of Christ & a statement of Faith & so, by following this irrationality, does that make this teacher a ‘religious-themed’ item just like a picture or a quote?! This is the maddness that can only be fought with the Armour of Faith.


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