Monday, September 13, 2004


BURLEY, Idaho -- An Idaho English teacher is in trouble for ripping up a Bible in class.

Burley High's Karen Christenson said she was trying to illustrate a point about censorship, as her sophomore students read Ray Bradbury's novel "Fahrenheit 451," which is set in a future society that commands all literature be burned.

Principal Jeff Harrah said Christenson isn't a Bible hater. He said she tore up the Bible in an effort to get her students to think about how it feels to have something they consider sacred destroyed.

He added the idea behind the controversial lesson was a good one, but with a bad result.

Christenson was disciplined but officials would not say what action was being taken against her.

Harrah called Christenson a "great teacher."

Why is she being disciplined?

First, she tore a book that she isn't allowed to teach out of so, what difference does it make?

Second, it was a good way to make a point and I agree with the princaple that she is a good teacher. She made her students think about what she did, and God knows, children today need to do more thinking.

Thirdly, the Bible is a book. As a Christian the destruction of that book doesn't change the meaning of that book. It doesn't change the story. If you're a Christian, the meaning of that book should be in your heart, not on it's pages.

Leave this woman alone, she didn't hurt anyone and she was doing her job.