In response to the article from the paper, I would like to point out that Rep. Jay Neal was incorrect in his statement. "Our founding fathers had one thing in mind when they founded this country, and it was a Christian nation built upon the principles of Jesus Christ."
Our country was founded on the idea of religious freedom - this much is true. However, our founding fathers were very adamant that religion not interfere with government - hence the separation of Church and State. While these girls certainly have a right to express their faith, they cannot represent the school system, which they were obviously doing.
Children are sent to receive an education to learn facts and life skills to prepare themselves for the future. Maybe we should focus more on giving them the highest quality education, instead of which faiths are right and wrong. Then, as a state, Tennessee and Georgia might be able to save their troubled school systems.
Bigotry has no place in our country. It's 2009 folks. It's time to move into the next century.