Todd Starnes

It’s almost Easter, but an incident that occurred just before Valentine’s Day crossed by desk — and it’s got me fired up.

A little boy cried after a Nazareth, Penn. teacher confiscated his Valentine’s Day cards because they contained religious messages and a Bible verse about Jesus, a lawsuit filed this week in federal court alleges.

Imagine that. Jesus was not welcome in Nazareth. You can’t make this stuff up, folks – as documented in my upcoming new book, “God Less America.”

Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit against the Nazareth Area School District on behalf of Donald and Ellen Abramo and their son. They claim a teacher and the principal at Floyd R. Shafer Elementary School violated their son’s constitutional rights.

They allege that the little boy was prohibited from distributing St. Valentine’s Day cards to his classmates because the cards contained a sentence about the religious history of the holiday along with the Bible verse, John 3:16.

“To single out a faith-based message for censorship is exactly the type of hostility to religion that the First Amendment forbids,” ADF attorney Jeremy Tedesco said.

The school district did not return numerous calls seeking comment. A spokesman also declined to comment to the local newspaper.

The Alliance Defending Freedom lawsuit is jaw-dropping. The school was apparently so hostile to religion that the Abramo’s son was scared to pray over his meals because “he is afraid of getting in trouble.”

In early February, Abramo received a letter from her son’s teacher with instructions about the distribution of “Friendship Day” cards (also known as Valentine’s Day). It seems that Floyd R. Shafer is one of those “politically correct” public schools.

The note also instructed parents to avoid attaching candy the cards.

“Please remember not to attach anything other than non-edible treats or approved snack items to the Valentines,” the instructions read. See? It really is one of those “politically correct” public schools.

So instead of candy, the first-grader and his older siblings decided to include a message about the history of St. Valentine.

“St. Valentine was imprisoned and martyred for presiding over marriages and for spreading the news of God’s love,” the message read. “In honor of St. Valentine’s Day, I want you to know that God loves you!!!”


Todd Starnes

Todd Starnes is the host of Fox News & Commentary – heard daily on 250+ radio stations. He’s also the author of “Dispatches From Bitter America.” To check out all of his work you can visit his website or follow him on Twitter @toddstarnes. In his spare time, Todd is active in his church, plays golf, follows SEC football, and eats barbecue. He lives in New York City.