For Immediate Release

November 28, 2022 

CONTACT: Hamilton Strategies,, 610.584.1096, ext. 100, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Concerned parents and citizens are supporting Tennessee’s textbook commission as it moves to further restrict inappropriate books from public schools. Tennessee was among the first states to enact a law intended to restrict K-12 classroom discussions about explicit content such as critical race theory or LGBTQ+ ideology. Using the controversial book “Hatchet,” which details suicide in depth, as an example of the perverse content in school libraries, many parents are calling for stricter guidelines for public school across the states. In the meantime, Sparta and White County Schools have Christian parents and children who are being persecuted by schools for their sincerely held religious beliefs.

Pastor Dale Walker, president of the Tennessee Pastors Network (TNPN,, responded, “I am asking the Director of Schools in White County and the Board who approved ‘The Hatchet’ for 4th graders, ‘How can you defend approving this book that has a gratuitous attempt at suicide as serving any educational value to 4th Grade Students?’ There is absolutely no reason to have a book with an attempted suicide in it in public schools, and NO defense in refusing a Christian parents request for their children to be removed from classes with this violent material that violates their sincerely held beliefs!

“I find it extremely concerning that the concerns of Christians are being denied by our school directors, who are acting more like Communist in China than servants of ‘We The People.’ If it was up to ‘We The People,’ many of these directors would be fired and voted out if we could hold them accountable at the Ballot Box.

“I encourage pastors all across Tennessee to beware of the materials in Tennessee Schools and peacefully and prayerfully inquire into the materials used in their communities. It definitely seems there is a diabolical agenda to indoctrinate the children in public schools and we must speak up for the most innocent of our society.”

Tennessee Pastors Network is a state chapter of the American Pastors Network (APN,, the largest national network dedicated to equipping pastors to be a voice for truth in the public square.

TNPN and APN offer pastors numerous online resources that help clergy choose sermon topics and find information for other church ministries. With some free and some paid resources, topics include abortion, apologetics, creation, the culture crisis, economics, education, the environment, history, homosexuality, Islam and marriage, along with many others.

The Tennessee Pastors Network encourages pastors to bring together biblical and constitutional principles in their sermons and provides resources to pastors throughout the state. For more information on TNPN, visit its website at, its Facebook page or call (931) 260-5301.


To interview Dale Walker, president of the Tennessee Pastors Network, contact, 610.584.1096, ext. 100, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.


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  1. Times have definitely changed. I’m old– a ’50s kid. Aside from a few suggestions concerning politeness and consideration for others and and being told that shirts with tails should be tucked in and get-the-door/ladies first, we spent our time in school learning math, English, geography, music and non-politically-tainted social studies.

    There weren’t discussions or lessons about victims and oppressors, sex, non-heterosexuals, cross dressers, what’s perceived as wrong about this country, etcetera. There were no miserable, frustrated cancel culture fuddy duds that I recall.

    Teachers left parenting to parents– regardless of what the teacher’s personal beliefs may have been.

    Has the internet and handhelds in every hand made this a better world? I have my doubts.