I know I've spoke with some of you, on the phone, trying to get some guidance in this matter: so, if you were one of those people, here's the resolution.
P2 has been flying through the Golden Compass books. He really likes them. Well, last week, he was reading the Golden Compass in his language arts class. It was free reading time. One boy saw the book and flipped out. He stood infront of P2 and demanded to know if he believed in god. When P2 didn't answer, he escalated things by saying, "You're totally an atheist. Do you love Satan?" At which point, another boy started asking intrusive and silly questions. To his credit, P2 kept saying, "This isn't the time or place to talk about this."
11-12 year old boys being...well, 11 and 12 year old boys, wouldn't let it go. By the end of the week, P1 was being asked about her religious beliefs. Their silence, or begging off the question, was seen as an affirmation. P2 asked his friend how everyone knew and said friend told him that the two kids from his classroom started a HUGE rumor that we were Satanists and "God Haters".
I have to give P2 credit. He dealt with it in a very mature way. He came home and told his dad and I what was going on. After I reiterated that he doesn't have to choose any philosophy just yet, and that it was no one's business, I asked him what he wanted me to do. He asked me to get in touch with his principal and see if he could go in and talk to her. I sent her an e-mail detailing what I've said above. She called this afternoon, right after school, and said she'd talked to Jake and she was very, very sorry about the issue. She called Jake in and got his side of the story and then called the boys in. They admitted what they'd done and the vice principal schooled them on the fact that the book is in the school library, which she said meant it was a "perfectly appropriate book" and wasn't a guarantee that the reader was an atheist. The boys shared that the book had been discussed in their Sunday School. She also made sure the boys understood that what they had done was a form of bullying and she wouldn't tolerate it. She told Jake this, as well, separately. She was so apologetic and wonderful. I think she handled it well. She earned a few "respect" points from me for that one.