Document Type

Blog Post

Publication Date

4-5-2014

Department

English

Abstract

As I drove home from church, I eyed the bright foam sign my 6-year-old daughter held. “Jesus is Alive” it read in kid scrawl. “We’re supposed to put them in our yards!” Noelle beamed, eyeing her creation proudly through pink-rimmed glasses.

I imagined our wide, open yard in Pennsylvania, the green grass stretching without fences from one neighbor to the next. Our best friends in the neighborhood, secular humanists, would easily see it. I cringed. What would they think? [excerpt]

Required Publisher's Statement

Original version is available from the publisher at: http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/05/jesus-lives-but-should-he-live-in-my-front-yard/