Earlier this week, the newest Religious Right tale of supposed anti-Christian victimization emerged out of Pennsylvania, involving a school that allegedly refused to allow a first-grade student to hand out cards featuring a religious message on Valentine’s Day.
Donald and Ellen Abramo, with the help of the Alliance Defending Freedom, have now sued Shafer Elementary School in Nazareth, PA claiming that they son had been prevented from distributing cards that said:
“St. Valentine was imprisoned and martyred for presiding over marriages and for spreading the news of God’s love. In honor of St. Valentine’s Day, I want you to know that God loves YOU!!!”
Predictably, Todd Starnes has now picked up the story and turned it into a column, which all but guarantees that the allegations are either overblown if not outright false, but since the school has so far refused to comment, it is impossible to know at this point.
But that is not stopping Glenn Beck from weighing in, as he did during yesterday’s morning meeting when he directly compared the incident to the stoning to death of Stephen the Apostle for spreading the Gospel.
“You know what this reminds me of?,” Beck asked his staff upon hearing the story, “the Martyrdom of Stephen the Apostle … This is the same kind of thing”: