News reaches us from the other side of the Atlantic of a family who suffered dire consequences as a result of complaining that their son was required to sing a song of worship by his music teacher for a grade.
His teacher also instructed him to point skyward at certain points of the song. She said that he was to do this to show he loved God.
As a consequence of complaining to the school about this, the family were set upon (subtly) by the local Christian community and forced out of their home – among other things their landlord alleged non-payment of rent, though they were fully paid up – and life was made impossible for their son at school to the extent that they tried to home school him. Even this was stymied by the allegation that they’d not filed the correct paperwork correctly (via the school).
If you have any suggestions as to how this family can fight the prejudice they’ve encountered – or even just words of support – please add them to the comments on this post at vjack’s Atheist Revolution.
By the way, if you’re wondering at my concern for a situation on the other side of the Atlantic, I raise this matter because it’s starting to happen here. Some friends (I’ll let them remain anonymous for now) foundtheir objections to their daughters’ religious indoctrination resulted in difficulties at their school right here in the UK; the school is a C of E school , supposedly one of those with such a wooly, fluffy religious ethos that no harm can possibly come to those who study there. It seems that the religious are starting to flex their brainwashing muscles even here; we need to do whatever we can to stop it wherever it occurs.
Edit, 2008-03-06: According to the comments on the original post, people are having difficulty verifying the story, and several of its features don’t chime with the known legislative situation. But right or wrong, the general principle it illustrates holds, as Ebonmuse points out in a post at Daylight Atheism.