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Chatsworth Kid Told His Talent Show Number too Full of Jesus

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There's G-rated, and then there's G-O-D, and for one local fifth grader, his love of the latter wasn't welcome in the school's talent show. The Chatsworth kid wanted to perform an interpretive dance to the Christian pop hit "We Shine," but was told by administrators at Superior Street Elementary that he'd have to go back to the drawing board--his song selection said "Jesus" too many times, according to the Daily News.

While his classmates auditioned with their more-appropriate moves to songs by Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez (far more suitable to 10-year-olds, right?) the student was told a few days after his try-out that his song choice was "offensive" and that the lyrics "would violate the separation of church and state."

His parents are suing the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The National Alliance Defense Fund, who are Christian attorneys who work on cases regarding religious freedom, are on the case, and are speaking on behalf of the boy whose identity is not being released. "The courts have time and time again established that Christian students cannot be discriminated against for wanting to express their religious beliefs at schools," says attorney Matt Sharp.

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The goal of the suit is "to overturn whatever school or district policy is prohibiting the boy from performing in the talent show scheduled for Friday."