One of the first culture war posts I did at the the original Conservative Hideout was about a two high school classes that defied the ACLU by doing a prayer at their graduation ceremonies.
Here’s a somewhat “stale” story, but I thinks it’s worth visiting. It was originally covered by World net Daily here.
Members of the graduating class of 2009 at Florida’s Pace High School have expressed their objections to ACLU restrictions on statements of religious faith at their school by rising up en masse at their ceremony and reciting the Lord’s Prayer.
The incident happened just days ago, but has been virtually ignored by media outlets throughout the region, according to officials with Liberty Counsel, a legal team representing Principal Frank Lay and teacher Michelle Winkler in their battle with the ACLU, which had complained that faculty and teachers were talking about their beliefs.
Nearly 400 graduating seniors at Pace, a Santa Rosa County school, stood up at their graduation, according to Mathew Staver, president of Liberty Counsel.
Parents, family and friends joined in the recitation, and applauded the students when they were finished, Staver told WND.
“Many of the students also painted crosses on their graduation caps to make a statement of faith,” the organization reported.
Again, I applaud these kids and parents for taking steps to fight against the ACLU for attempting to ban their Constitutional rights!
As preparations were being made for the 2009 graduation, the ACLU demanded the school censor students from offering prayers or saying anything religious. As a result, two student leaders traditionally allowed by the school to address their graduation were banned from doing so.
Staver said class members, furious with the ACLU for hijacking their free speech rights, assembled the plan on their own. As soon as Lay asked everyone to be seated for the ceremony, the graduating seniors remained standing and recited the Lord’s Prayer.
I found those to be exciting developments back then, and I smiled again as I was cutting and pasting them here. However, it would seem that the ACLU doesn’t take kindly to this defiance of their power, and have “turned it up a notch.” For more on that development, here is an exerpt from one of the newer additions to the blogroll, All American Blogger.
It seems that when the idea of a prayer was floated, a member of the student body, Damon Fowler, went to the ACLU and
cried complained about it. The ACLU then approached the school and squashed the plan.
The school opted for a moment of silence. The student who was to lead the moment of silence opted for a prayer.
A bold move that should be applauded.
Instead, the ACLU wants an apology and the girl punished:
The debate began after a Bastrop High student contacted the ACLU about prayer at school functions. The organization threatened to take legal action on the student’s behalf.. School officials then said that instead of a prayer, there would be a moment of silence at the graduation ceremony.
However, the student that was to lead the moment of silence defied both school officials and the ACLU, and instead led the gathered crowd in prayer.
Youtube videos of the event show the crowd cheering wildly upon realizing that the student would go ahead with the prayer.
In addition to an apology to the student, the ACLU is asking for the school to consider disciplining the student who led the prayer, and to take measures “to ensure that graduation exercises are not exploited to present religious messages.” (emphasis mine)
Here is the video of the event.
I would encourage you to go to the YouTube comment section for this video to see all of the “tolerant and diverse” comments there.
I do have some questions, how can a school punish a graduate? And how do you take measures to keep this from happening, gag the entire class? The fact is this, the ACLU cannot stop people from praying. They can make threats, but what are they really going to do, sue hundreds of people? And how far will that go?
This far, according to this from the Mind Numbed Robot.
Don’t you think with Obama’s economy, those new job seekers are going to need all the help they can get? Aren’t there more important issues for a federal judge to be concerned with?
Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery’s order against the Medina Valley Independent School District also forbids students from using specific religious words including “prayer” and “amen.”
Here is a video about that situation.
And, here is some more from FOX…
Should a student violate the order, school district officials could find themselves in legal trouble. Judge Biery ordered that his ruling be “enforced by incarceration or other sanctions for contempt of Court if not obeyed by District official (sic) and their agents.” (emphasis mine)
Jail? For praying? Luckily, this was overturned…
A federal appeals panel ruled Friday that a judge here was wrong to bar public prayers from today’s graduation ceremony at Medina Valley High School.
All week, the furor over the issue had attracted activists and political players who criticized the decision and supported valedictorian Angela Hildenbrand, who wants to pray during her commencement speech.
So, when folks start to defy the state and it’s stance against God, the state ups the ante. The question is, how far will this go? If there are kids and parents jailed for these actions, I will cover it.