At Alcovy High School in Georgia, a student crafted God is Dead poster is allowed to stay up. Inspired by “The Crucible” and though it has sparked outrage amongst students and parents, the school has deemed it acceptable for public display.
Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 “God is Dead” asserted anti-Christian German philosopher Frederich Nietzsche in 1882. Thus, the battle cry of the militant atheist was found in these words. And today, this phrase is acceptable to hang in a Georgia high school, while any Christian reference would be immediately discarded. There is to be no mention of Jesus Christ in any schools in America. This is offensive. But a “God is Dead” poster is perfectly fine.
The school deemed the poster appropriate because it was drawn in response to Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” a play millions of students read every year about the Salem Witch Trials. But if it was inspired by the play, why the creepy, Satanic undertones in the work? Why did the student feel the need to surround the woman in what appears to be flames? And not to mention the ominous caption “God is Dead.”
Perhaps the student was inspired by Black Sabbath. There is absolutely no way that this picture was inspired by “The Crucible.” Regardless of where inspiration was drawn, the phrase “God is Dead” is outrageous and offensive to Christians. For this fact alone, the picture should be taken down. But the school sees the controversy differently.
“Thousands of students read this book every year,” said Sherri Davis-Viniard of Newton County Schools. “If it’s not appropriate on the classroom wall, where is it appropriate?”
The poster isn’t appropriate to hang anywhere publicly. Parents and students were especially offended by the drawing. If a student had created a picture after being inspired by a Bible verse, such a work would never make it to the wall. If a student brought a Bible into a classroom, it would surely be confiscated. But not a Satanic drawing.
“It made my daughter very uncomfortable,” Crystal Mitchell told WAGA-TV. “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 school, is a huge concern for me.”
This picture should concern anyone who is a Christian in public schools. Enlightened, educated persons commenting on this story implied that Crystal Mitchell’s daughter missed the “metaphorical” intent behind the statement “God is dead.” “The Crucible” was playwright Arthur Miller’s answer to McCarthyism. To the “witch hunt” that took place during the 1940’s and 1950’s concerning Communist infiltration into America. Miller’s atheist beliefs and ties to Communism are well documented. Hence the quote from Nietzsche that “God is dead.”
If this poster is considered “free expression” something is terribly wrong. To our national detriment, Christian thought and decency has been shoved out of schools. Now we pay the price in blood. This poster represents evil, darkness, and Satanic forces that are too strong to deny. This was not inspired by the play. This was inspired by the American culture of death.
But the idea that “God is dead” doesn’t offend school officials. This was one student’s interpretation of the work. No doubt if a student had been inspired to draw a scene of a bloody massacre that might be seen as offensive, only in light of recent school shootings. Why is this kind of filth allowed to hang on a wall in a school without major objections? Because society wants God to be dead. It fits the secularist agenda. A living God does not. Better to express Satanic depictions than those inspired by Jesus Christ.