From Athens, Ga.:

The principal of Cedar Shoals High School apologized Monday for reading a poem called “The New School Prayer” over the school’s intercom, which brought complaints from some parents who said it violated the principle of separation of church and state.

Tommy Craft said he wanted not to promote religion but to provoke thought and discussion among students about the changing political climate in school when he read the poem the Tuesday before the Thanksgiving break.

“I apologized to them today in another statement,” Craft said. “I said that there was no attempt to individualize or to bring ridicule on any particular person with the poem.”

This, along with the California school banning The Declaration of Independence (it mentions *gasp!* a Creator!), reminds me of this passage from Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago:

As Tanya Khodkevich wrote:

You can pray freely
But just so God alone can hear

(She received a ten-year sentence for these verses.)