Georgia Middle School Apologizes After Poem Calls God a ‘Naked Lie,’ ‘Mythical Creature’

CEDARTOWN, Ga. — Officials at a middle school in Georgia have apologized after a poem used during a sixth grade mythology lesson seemed to attack God as being a “naked lie” and a “mythical creature.”

“God is like a mythical creature/A unicorn with silver blood/If you drink the blood, you will live forever/It makes a good story in a book like Harry Potter,” the poem, distributed to students at Cedartown Middle School, reads.

“The idea of God makes young children laugh and feel safe at night/But when you grow older and see the evil in the world/And the face of death like a shadow behind the eyes of every living thing/Then where is God?” it continues. “Then God is revealed in all his foolishness/A naked lie, a childish dream, a mythical creature like the unicorn.”

According to Fox 5 Atlanta, some parents became upset after reading the poem as it seemed like the composition was teaching children that God is a lie.

“They felt that it was just very disrespectful to God,” Principal Shannon Hulsey told the outlet. “And then there were some concerns about the basis of the poem and who wrote it.”

However, the three-teacher language arts team at Cedartown said that the poem in its context of the lesson was supposed to refer to the Greek gods of mythology, and that taken out of that context, it would be understandable why parents would be upset.

“One of the teachers has been teaching for over 20 years, and she had just a folder full of materials, and the poem was just pulled out of there,” Hulsey explained. “So, we’re not exactly sure where it came from [or] who even put it in the pile of materials, but that’s where it came from.”

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She advised that the poem will never be used again.

“This was a mistake. In no way whatsoever would we want to defame God or go anywhere in that direction at the school,” Hulsey said.

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School administrators likewise released a statement on the district website, calling the poem a “mistake,” but advising that there was no intention to attack God in utilizing the piece.

“After listening to the concerns and investigating the work and circumstances surrounding its selection, we recognize that it was an unfortunate mistake to have included the work as part of our classes here at our school,” it said.

“We met with a group of parent stakeholders and central office representatives, including Ms. Laurie Atkins, assistant superintendent and Mr. Greg Teems, interim superintendent, early this morning before school to seek resolution and express the shared school and community concerns over this selection,” the statement explained. “We had meaningful conversations and believe that the inclusion of this article to have been made not by malicious intent nor the desire to denounce the faith or beliefs of any of our students, staff or community members.”

“We expressed that the selection will not be used in our school in the future. We are in full support of educating the whole child, including supporting the parent’s right to choose what personal beliefs about religion will be taught to their children.”

According to reports, the undated poem was written by a ninth grader in the UK only identified as Kiefer or K.H., and is stated to come from an atheist perspective. The selection is included in a collection of youth-penned poems shared by Muslim teen Johar Mohammed entitled “Reflections on God, Islam and Life.” He explains in the document that his tuition teacher’s students had written the selections, some of which are clearly atheist.

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  • InTheChurch

    To answer, God is there. Some choice to look and others don’t. It’s not God’s fault but those that don’t look for him.

    • dromedaryhump

      if God wanted to be seen / found by all he’d wear a stripped shirt like Waldo in “Where’s Waldo?”.

      • InTheChurch

        He is there, look into your spiritual person. Again, you control and determine if God is there or not.

  • This was not a mistake.

    • Paladin Roy

      My opinion as well. Sure they apologize AFTER being called on it, but they could see it was wrong long before sharing it. … And to say “it just appeared in the pile of papers” sounds kinda phony as well. Must be witches with the “harry potter” plan.

      • dromedaryhump

        “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” Exodus 22:18 (KJV)
        Seems to me a witch burning is in order.

  • mr goody two shoes

    The money needs to follow where the child is going to school enough of funding lousy public schools

    • @disqus_QcXQ7Wa9Wp:disqus For all due respect, what does that have to do with the topic?

      • mr goody two shoes

        Every thing ! From evolution to this
        Public schools are noted for
        Evolution which is just another way to get young people to reject God. If the money went with the child they could get great Christian education .My Son in law and daughter and my Grand children live in Georgia so this means every thing. I went them to be able to go to wels Lutheran schools there every one of them.

  • Олег Донец

    At the White Throne this author could read his poetry loud and clear?

    • dromedaryhump

      the author will be cast into the lake of fire, and we… the saved …shall watch them in their torment and smile at their eternal agony.

      • Олег Донец

        I’m not great fan of such videos. Besides every sinner, include first one,will be burn completely. No eternal agony, Most High isn’t sadist.

  • Jana

    This is nonsense!! It was definitely done on purpose! I am sure the teacher read the poem before using it and she would have known how it could be “misunderstood” although there is no misunderstanding as to which God is being refered to here! I would have taken my kids out of the public system a long time ago if I lived over there. They keep doing this kind of thing and just go “oops!” afterwards when the damage is already done!

  • Maryw

    Typical evil people get their message out and then apologize. It’s a new trend

  • Jack-b-Quicker

    Only sorry that they got caught.

  • dromedaryhump

    Wait…you mean unicorns aren’t real either?

  • ctowna

    Cedartown Middle School lies about everything and the town is full of liars. Last year November 2016 a 12 year old girl tried to take her life and did so in the school’s restroom by taking pills. She was rushed to the hospital where she flatlined but was revived. She also tried again on December 30th 2016 (hanging herself) and couldn’t be revived when emergency personnel arrived at her home. After everything, since bullying was a contributing factor, this school, Cedartown Middle School, pretended that they knew nothing. Even though one of the attempts happened on their grounds. Look up Katelyn Nicole Davis for more about all of this. But be prepared, it’s extremely emotional. Poor girl never had a good life that she deserved.

  • The Skeptical Chymist

    Government-operated schools should neither endorse nor oppose the proposition that God exists. They should be strictly neutral on this subject, allowing students to obtain their religious instruction from their parents and parent-endorsed religious figures. This poem does not belong in a public school. Neither does the prayer recently removed from the elementary school in Wytheville, Va, that read “Our Father, We thank Thee for this food. Bless it to the nourishment of our bodies and our lives and our lives to Thy service. Amen.” Both are government-endorsed statements endorsing a particular religious view, and are contrary to our Constitution.

  • quazi12

    Oh sure, it was a mistake,right? Just so happens that the teacher(I say teacher with tongue in cheek) of 20 years pulls that particular ‘poem’ from a big old pile of materials.Just so happens there’s no mention of greek gods in the rag poem but,they assume the children should know it was referring to greek gods? Horse shi-ite.The three- teacher language arts team should be fired but,the damage is done just as intended. Another sad day in America

  • Cady555

    Compare and Contrast two cuurent stories.

    1. During an academic discussion of mythology and religion, the teacher introduces a poem written from the perspective of an atheist. This was one of many perspectives presented.

    2. In a school cafeteria that every student visits daily, there is a plaque unrelated to any academic instruction directing students to commit to serving jesus. This is the only view presented.

    Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

    Christians insist on the blatant promotion of Christianity with no academic purpose and demand that non christian views in an academic setting be silenced.

    I guess if it weren’t for double standards, Christians would have no standards at all.

  • AntithiChrist

    Excellent poem. It asks a valid question, and makes a few great points. But context is everything, no?

    So of course it set off a firestorm of religious teeth knashing. This is Georgia, fercrisskes. Pretty much the backsplash-stained buckle of the Bible Belt. All it takes are a few god bothered parents with Facebook accounts and you’ve got the school board falling all over itself trying to calm the adult kids down: now now kiddies, your god really is really really real and your prayers to it really do really mean something. Not like your cash donations, mind you, but something.