Should a school be allowed to display student artwork that comments on the current life status of the deity? That question now faces a school district in Georgia, which is hanging an illustration containing the phrase, “God is dead,” on a classroom wall.
A mom in Newton County, Ga., was upset when her 10th grade daughter came home and told her about the artwork, which depicts a young, blonde girl frowning next to the offending quotation.
"It doesn't have a place on the school wall — just doesn't have a place in public school," Crystal Miller told Atlanta TV station WAGA.
But administrators at Alcovy High School say the poster will stay put. Miller is simply confused about the context in the proclamation of the Supreme Being’s demise is stated. The phrase “God is Dead” is a well-known passage in the 1953 play, "The Crucible," by acclaimed American playwright Arthur Miller.
The play dramatizes the Salem Witch Trials that took place in 1692 and uses the hysteria of that historical incident as an allegory for the anti-Communist hysteria of the time in which Miller authored the play. After writing the drama, which is considered one of the great works of the American theater, Miller himself was investigated for alleged Communist sympathies.
The controversial student artwork prominently displays the title, "The Crucible."
“Thousands of students read this book every year,” said Sherri Davis-Viniard, a spokeswoman for the Newton County school system. “If it’s not appropriate on the classroom wall, where is it appropriate?”
Miller, however, disagreed and even started a Facebook page to protest the “God is dead” artwork.
"If my child can't pray in school and they've taken religion out of school, for this to be plastered on the walls of the public school is a huge concern to me," Mitchell said.
On the Facebook page, which had garnered more than 1,200 “likes” as of Monday morning, Miller discusses the controversy and the attention it has brought her, saying, “I am telling myself and my family this is a roller coaster ride for Christ and for what we believe in ... for the love of God! We've got this!!”
SOURCES: MyFoxAtlanta, The Blaze, Huffington Post