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Christian Parents Censor 'The Crucible' Artwork in School

| by Michael Allen

Crystal and Scottie Mitchell, two parents in Newton County, Georgia, successfully campaigned to censor a piece of artwork at Alcovy High School where their daughter attends.

The Mitchells and their daughter were offended by the artwork, which featured a line from the Arthur Miller play "The Crucible."

The award-winning play tells the story of ignorant, religious people who put others to death by falsely accusing them of witchcraft.

The line is "God is dead" is spoken by one of the characters, John Proctor, in a moment of depression when innocent people are being hung in the name of God.

The school artwork also included the words "Satan Lives," which is the assertion by another character in the play, Reverend Hale.

Crystal Mitchell previously claimed that the play promoted witchcraft, which it clearly does not.

"The artwork is in no way an attack on religion. The artwork is hanging among other student artwork in a display that reflects the entire play," said Sherri Davis-Viniard, a spokesperson for the Newton County School System, last week.

However, she was overruled yesterday when Newton County Commissioner John Douglass decided to take down the artwork because of media attention, notes The Christian Post.

"I am satisfied with the decision that has been made and appreciate the board and school's decision to comply with our initial request to simply remove the 'art.' We simply felt it wasn't fair to exploit 'God is Dead' and 'Satan is Alive' regardless of its reference. It's way too easy to be misconstrued to students who have never read the book 'The Crucible,'" said Crystal Mitchell.

However, Crystal did not mention that the classroom in question was actually studying "The Crucible," which is also an allegory about the communist witch hunts that occurred during the McCarthy Era.

The Mitchells have also created a "God is Alive in Newton" Facebook page.

"We thought this would be a place where others could voice their concern and together we could all let our voices be heard. Most of the negative feedback was based on the fact that it was literature. There were also people who were concerned that we were imposing our beliefs on the school, which isn't our purpose," claimed Crystal Mitchell, whose beliefs resulted in the artwork being removed from the school.

Ironically, some of the Facebook users on the page sound very much like characters in "The Crucible."

"The battles go beyond 'people,' you are dealing with principalities and rulers in dark places. As long as Satan knows he is getting to you, he will keep the attack going, even long after the victory!" wrote a Facebook user in support of the Mitchells.

Source: The Christian Post and Facebook