Sometimes the state goes too far.

I think this is one of those times.

New York, Oct. 21, 2005 (CNA) – 5-year old Antonio Peck had no idea when he turned in his homework assignment–a poster about protecting the environment–that it would land him in federal court.

Peck, then a kindergarten student at Baldwinsville, NY’s Catherine McNamara Elementary School, originally turned in his poster-assignment to his teacher in 1999. It featured, among other things, a cut out picture of Jesus–something he reportedly thought applicable to the environment, and the assignment.

School officials however, felt otherwise. The rejected a first version of the poster and folded Antonio’s second attempt in half, in order to obscure the image of a kneeling Jesus they thought to be too religious in nature.

In 2000, a New York federal court ruled that the school had the right to censor the poster on the grounds of separation of church and state.


Politics When State And Church Don't Get Along