Sep 19, 2011
Date Resolved

AU received a complaint that an elementary-school art teacher made several religiously proselytizing comments to second-grade students. According to our complainant, after a lesson on the ancient Egyptian practice of including small personal artifacts in tombs in order to facilitate entry into heaven, the teacher told the class that they had no need for this practice because they “had Jesus,” and then informed students that Jesus saved millions of people. She also recounted to students the Biblical creation story. After receiving AU’s letter objecting to the teacher’s remarks, the school’s principal informed AU that he had met with the teacher regarding the incident and that he would discuss with all staff the requirement that government remain neutral with respect to religion.