The card also included a Bible verse, John 3:16.
When the day came to distribute the cards, the boy’s teacher “became concerned about the religious message,” the lawsuit states.
The teacher immediately delivered the cards to the principal – identified in the lawsuit as William Mudlock.
“Principal Mudlock reviewed the cards and determined that, because of their religious nature (the boy) would not be allowed to distribute them,” the lawsuit states.
The principal then directed that the religious messages be removed from the cards and the cards were then placed in a bin. He believed the child was guilty of “proselytizing” his religious faith.
Boys and girls were able to distribute cards that included images of a skull and toy guns – but the card that included a message about Jesus was deemed to be offensive.
Later that afternoon Mrs. Abramo called the school searching for answers. The principal reiterated that the cards could not be distributed because of their religious nature. He said the cards might be “offensive” to someone, the lawsuit states.
He also claimed the school was prohibited from giving students any religious materials. Well, that’s rich because the school wasn’t passing out the cards – the little boy was.
In spite of her pleas, the school refused to back down – leading the little boy to break down in tears.
“He was very sad,” attorney Tedesco told me. “It’s a terrible message to send to kids. There were cards with guns and skeletons, yet his religious beliefs are taboo?”
The Abramos, who are Catholic, were not quite ready to let the incident slide by. So they contacted the school superintendent (the same one who won’t return my telephone calls). He didn’t return their calls either.
Instead, the school district’s attorney replied – a guy by the name of Gary Brienza. All I can say is — brace yourself for what he said.
“Mr. Brienza proceeded to tell the Abramos that under the U.S. Constitution there is both a ‘freedom of religion’ and a ‘freedom from religion,’” the lawsuit states.
“He claimed that the Constitution prohibits a person from imposing their religious beliefs on someone else; therefore, the school district can restrict a student from distributing religious materials,” the lawsuit further states.
I’m not sure what law school Brienza attended, but it might be a good idea for somebody to subpoena his Constitutional Law class grades.
I’m not sure if we’re dealing with a bunch of ignorant educators or a bunch of anti-Christian bigots. Neither bodes well for people of faith in the town of Nazareth.
It really takes a special kind of stupid to get worked up over a Valentine’s Day card. Pardon me, I meant to say Friendship Day card.