By CHARLES C. HAYNES
First Amendment Center
When children speak the truth, adults often squirm and shut them up.
That’s apparently what happened to Zachary Golob-Drake last week after he delivered a speech entitled “In the Name of Religion” to his fifth grade class in Tampa, Fla.
The teacher initially applauded Zachary’s speech, awarding him first prize and an opportunity to compete to represent his school at the regional 4-H Tropicana Public Speech Contest.
But school officials had second thoughts.