Crystal Mitchell wants a piece of artwork that says, "God is Dead" removed from her daughter's classroom at Alcovy High School in Covington, Georgia.
The "God is Dead" art was drawn by students after they read "The Crucible," a play written in 1953 by Arthur Miller.
Mitchell told the Sentinel Enterprise & News that the artwork was "basically a picture of a noose with the wings hanging and then between the wings it says, 'God is Dead' and then there is a picture of the lady… apparently holding like a voodoo doll, and then there is a noose hanging behind her and it says, ‘God is Dead.'"
"Then there is another picture of the devil. And it says, 'The Devil is Alive,' and it’s just a collage of these pictures. So, of course, my daughter not knowing the story … and she’s all about church and God. I mean, she’s a great kid … this really made her feel uncomfortable."
According to Mitchell, The Crucible is "based on witchcraft, and if we can’t preach the Bible in school, why are they teaching this in school? They are not allowed to pray in schools. They are not allowed to speak religion."
However, that is not true. Student-led prayers are allowed per the U.S. Supreme Court. They can also talk about religion, but not proselytize.
The Crucible is not a how-to book about witchcraft, but centers around the hysteria of ignorant and paranoid people looking for scapegoats (witches) in Massachusetts Bay during 1692 and 1693. It is also an allegory of McCarthyism, when the U.S. government blacklisted accused communists in Hollywood in the 1950s.
The line "God is dead" is spoken by the character John Proctor who is in shock over innocent people being hung and neighbors turning on each other over false allegations in the name of God.
"[Mitchell] called and left a message for the principal, and the principal called her back and left a message on her voice mail. She has not returned the call," said Sherri Davis-Viniard, Newton County School System director of public relations.
"[The artwork is] reflecting a major quote and event in the play, ‘The Crucible,’ a piece of literature read by thousands of students across the nation each year. 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, ‘The Crucible.’"
Source: Sentinel Enterprise & News