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ACLU Says Pulling The Plug On Free Speech Was The Right Call
Stop The ACLU ^ | 18-Jun-06 | John Stephenson

Posted on 06/19/2006 11:55:57 AM PDT by Jay777

The valedictorian of Foothill High, Brittany McComb, decided to share her faith voluntarily at her graduation cermony. However, before she could get to the part that meant the most to her, Christ, her microphone went dead. Her speech was in no way endorsed by her school, however the school directly participated in censoring her free speech.

The First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The judicial branch has extended the meaning of this amendment to any government body, not just Congress. However, I still don’t understand how so many ignore the part that says ” or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This is exactly what the school did to this young girl, prohibited the free exercize of her religious expression.

From the Review Journal we learn: The decision to cut short McComb’s commencement speech Thursday at The Orleans drew jeers from the nearly 400 graduates and their families that went on for several minutes.

However, Clark County School District officials and an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union said Friday that cutting McComb’s mic was the right call. Graduation ceremonies are school-sponsored events, a stance supported by federal court rulings, and as such may include religious references but not proselytizing, they said.

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1 posted on 06/19/2006 11:55:59 AM PDT by Jay777
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To: RepCath; Liz; IronJack; Grampa Dave; MeekOneGOP; Iris7; wkdaysoff; EdReform; Nick Danger; ...

PING!


2 posted on 06/19/2006 11:56:26 AM PDT by Jay777 (My personal blog: www.stoptheaclu.com)
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To: Jay777
Another example of how tolerant the left is.
Excellent graphic by the way.
3 posted on 06/19/2006 11:58:10 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey
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To: 12th_Monkey

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4 posted on 06/19/2006 11:59:19 AM PDT by Jay777 (My personal blog: www.stoptheaclu.com)
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To: Jay777

"... or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"


5 posted on 06/19/2006 11:59:30 AM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Jay777

(However, before she could get to the part that meant the most to her, Christ, her microphone went dead.)



I would have moved from behind the podium and yelled the rest of the speech at the top of my lungs.


6 posted on 06/19/2006 12:00:25 PM PDT by A Troop 1-14 Cav ("We love immigrants in Utah. We don't make distinctions between legal and illegal." Chris Cannon)
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To: Jay777

There is [or must be] a right not to be bibled at, for unwilling listeners in public settings.


7 posted on 06/19/2006 12:00:25 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: GSlob

You are free to stay home.


8 posted on 06/19/2006 12:01:34 PM PDT by FroedrickVonFreepenstein
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To: GSlob

There is. The were not forced to stay there. If there was a speech about the wonderful affects of porn on our society, I as a Christian would have gottne up and left.


9 posted on 06/19/2006 12:01:51 PM PDT by A Troop 1-14 Cav ("We love immigrants in Utah. We don't make distinctions between legal and illegal." Chris Cannon)
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To: GSlob

Ha! You've gotta be kidding. There is no right not to bibled at, only the right for that person to walk away and not listen.


10 posted on 06/19/2006 12:02:08 PM PDT by Jay777 (My personal blog: www.stoptheaclu.com)
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To: Jay777

Wish she would have just pulled out a bullhorn and continued on.

I would have paid money to see that.


11 posted on 06/19/2006 12:02:25 PM PDT by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings...Modesty hides my thighs in her wings...)
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To: GSlob

You mean a right not to be exposed to views with which you disagree?

Only in a liberal's wet dream.


12 posted on 06/19/2006 12:04:04 PM PDT by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings...Modesty hides my thighs in her wings...)
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To: GSlob
There is [or must be] a right not to be bibled at, for unwilling listeners in public settings.

I'm often an unwilling listener to speech in the public forum. No wait, I guess I am willing, as I don't get up and leave.

13 posted on 06/19/2006 12:04:24 PM PDT by SampleMan
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To: GSlob

While your desire to be unbibled at presently will be followed by dhimmitude or death as an apostate at the hands of Islam


14 posted on 06/19/2006 12:04:50 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Funny how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather...)
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To: GSlob

So, trash the constitution to please your ilk?


15 posted on 06/19/2006 12:04:54 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: Jay777

It is amazing what the ACLU does. If she did a speech that was either blasphemous, degenerate, senseless, sickening, traitorous or defamatory, the ACLU would be screaming for her right to "free speech." It is only when Christianity is mentioned in a positive light do they scream.

Thus, I can only conclude that the ACLU is satanic.


16 posted on 06/19/2006 12:05:19 PM PDT by MBB1984
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To: Jay777

Totally stupid!

It is ok to prevent the teachers and school officials from promoting a relgion, but to prevent the students from speaking about their religion is totally idiotic and wrong, has no basis in law.


17 posted on 06/19/2006 12:06:05 PM PDT by observer5 ("Better violate the rights of a few, than of all!)
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To: SampleMan

"To the ACLU, Free Speech means pornography." - Ann Coulter


18 posted on 06/19/2006 12:06:52 PM PDT by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: Jay777

I would bet money... if the references would have been of mohammed and islam, there would have been more mics than one and those mics would not have been turned off.


19 posted on 06/19/2006 12:06:57 PM PDT by From One - Many (Trust the Old Media At Your Own Risk)
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To: FreedomCalls

...sorry but, that's the "invisible" part of the First Amendment. You must be hallucinating.


20 posted on 06/19/2006 12:07:54 PM PDT by aligncare (Watergate killed journalism)
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To: MBB1984

Hypocrites.


21 posted on 06/19/2006 12:08:03 PM PDT by golfisnr1 (look at a map)
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To: From One - Many

Didn't the ACLU just last week say that Islamic prayer at school was okay?


22 posted on 06/19/2006 12:08:28 PM PDT by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: GSlob

Sorry, but she WAS the Valedictorian and she EARNED the Right to speak from her heart as to WHAT motivated her to excellency. Stupid people of the ACLU. If she got up talking about ALA, or Watanka...it would be okay.


23 posted on 06/19/2006 12:09:29 PM PDT by rovenstinez (,)
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To: Jay777
Ah, they've finally crossed the line from selective protection to blatant hypocrisy. Shame on them, but I expect nothing less from the ACLU.
24 posted on 06/19/2006 12:10:09 PM PDT by The Blitherer ("These are not dark days, these are great days." W. S. Churchill)
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To: Jay777

Crazy-ass ACLU ping


25 posted on 06/19/2006 12:10:27 PM PDT by Son Of The Godfather
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To: massgopguy
Sean Hannity is talking about this issue right now. wabcradio.com
26 posted on 06/19/2006 12:10:42 PM PDT by aligncare (Watergate killed journalism)
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To: massgopguy
just as I said.....more mics and none turned off.
aclu - a closed liberal unity
27 posted on 06/19/2006 12:12:17 PM PDT by From One - Many (Trust the Old Media At Your Own Risk)
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To: Jay777


So in the world of the ACLU - the PC rights take precedent over the other rights. ;)


28 posted on 06/19/2006 12:12:53 PM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: GSlob
There is [or must be] a right not to be bibled at, for unwilling listeners in public settings.

Perhaps. But not in this country.

29 posted on 06/19/2006 12:13:42 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee (New popular baby names for daughters of liberals: Fallujah, Haditha, Murtha)
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To: Jay777

Another reason O'Reilly is right when he says that the ACLU is the most dangerous organization in America today.


30 posted on 06/19/2006 12:14:28 PM PDT by marvlus
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To: Jay777

It would've been better if the grads and parents had upped and left. That would've gotten their attention.


31 posted on 06/19/2006 12:15:24 PM PDT by JamesP81
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To: Jay777

Do the words "public nuisance" ring?


32 posted on 06/19/2006 12:16:22 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: Jay777
Nice...
Liberals hate God because they go against his wishes and know that if God does exist, then they have certainly drawn His ire. They want man to be the final arbiter, too bad for them there is a higher power they (and all of us) will have to answer to.

Now if she only wanted to teach homosexuality or fisting to them, that would have been ok.

33 posted on 06/19/2006 12:16:53 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: GSlob

Unfortunately, this article doesn't give even the slightest hint of what she started to say, much less what she was planning to say. If she was starting a rant exhorting the audience to adopt her religious beliefs, that would have been inappropriate. On the other hand, just sharing what her own beliefs are shouldn't be a problem, unless school officials are going to prohibit any topics that could possibly offend a significant number of listeners. Somehow when graduates give leftist political rants, they don't seem to get their microphones cut off. While I don't share this young lady's religious beliefs, if I were in the audience, I'd a lot rather listen to her to explain her religious beliefs and how she thinks they helped her do well in school, than to hear a student carry on about how "we need to get guns off the street because they're killing children" or "war is never the answer" -- and I don't think the ACLU or anyone else would cut off the mike for the latter.


34 posted on 06/19/2006 12:18:54 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Jay777

Nothing horrifies the Left more than freedom of speech. It exposes truth, the best disinfectant and, to the Left, the horror of horrors.


35 posted on 06/19/2006 12:19:23 PM PDT by Savage Beast (9/11 was never repeated--thanks to President George Bush and his supurb leadership.)
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To: JamesP81

Indeed. Someone should have brought a bullhorn along. Then they could have upped and left when her mike was cut off, repaired to the public sidewalk, given her the bullhorn, and carried on.


36 posted on 06/19/2006 12:20:22 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: GSlob

You've just violated a similar "right" of whole of lot people.


37 posted on 06/19/2006 12:22:40 PM PDT by alecqss
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To: GovernmentShrinker
If she was starting a rant exhorting the audience to adopt her religious beliefs, that would have been inappropriate.

But not illegal.

38 posted on 06/19/2006 12:22:48 PM PDT by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings...Modesty hides my thighs in her wings...)
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To: GSlob

Why, no. They don't.


39 posted on 06/19/2006 12:23:32 PM PDT by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings...Modesty hides my thighs in her wings...)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Another example of how frightened school administrators are of the ACLU.


40 posted on 06/19/2006 12:25:40 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: marvlus

"... ACLU is the most dangerous organization in America today".

And, fortunately, soon to be the dumbest, as it seems.


41 posted on 06/19/2006 12:25:55 PM PDT by alecqss
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To: GSlob
There is [or must be] a right not to be bibled at, for unwilling listeners in public settings.

There seems to be an assumption among the past couple of generations of Americans that they shall have no experience which they have not prescribed or chosen in advance--that every experience must conform to their prescriptions for reality.

I can think of no other time in which this would be regarded as a "right." You have no such right. You just don't want it to happen.

I am myself Christian, but I also am often embarrassed by those people who feel that every public gathering is an excuse to evangelize, and to do it clumsily, blurting it out as if, now that they have an audience, they are compelled to proselytize. But it would never enter my mind to translate my embarrassment into a "right" to be free from it. It might be better for me just to develop a thicker skin--or a little more tolerance.

42 posted on 06/19/2006 12:27:22 PM PDT by Dunstan McShane
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To: GSlob

Do the words "public nuisance" ring?

Ummm...are you talking about yourself or the student?


43 posted on 06/19/2006 12:28:08 PM PDT by Jay777 (My personal blog: www.stoptheaclu.com)
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It's interesting that the ACLU doesn't seem to have a problem with schools closing for Christmas. A religious holiday which means "Christ's Mass".

Not only are they ignorant of the law, they're hypocrites as well.
44 posted on 06/19/2006 12:32:27 PM PDT by Hoboto (I blame Hippies.)
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To: GovernmentShrinker
If she was starting a rant exhorting the audience to adopt her religious beliefs, that would have been inappropriate.

She can say whatever the H-E-double toothpicks she wants as long as it isn't immoral nor obscene! She's the valedictorian. She earned her place at the rostrum. Because she was going to share her faith, she was silenced. That is wrong in these United States!

How long until students are handed their speeches by school administrators and told what they will say?

45 posted on 06/19/2006 12:34:00 PM PDT by pgyanke (Christ embraces sinners; liberals embrace the sin.)
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To: Jay777
"The ACLU: America's Number One Creator of Anti-Semitism"
46 posted on 06/19/2006 12:35:04 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: GovernmentShrinker

So are the scores of people who booed the fact that her speech was cut short willing to step up and start standing up to the ACLU?


47 posted on 06/19/2006 12:38:40 PM PDT by mockingbyrd
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To: pgyanke

So if she had started talking about how her faith in Mohammed and Islamic discipline had helped her and they cut her mike off, would you still be so outraged?


48 posted on 06/19/2006 12:39:00 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Jay777

The ACLU would have croaked had they been at the graduation my family attended a couple of weeks ago then. Because GOD was not only 'mentioned' he was PRAISED & THANKED by each and every student ON THEIR OWN who had a part in the ceremony. It was a public high school which would have made it ten times worse for the anti-American, anti-family and anti-religous ACLU. They can STUFF IT where the sun doesn't shine.


49 posted on 06/19/2006 12:40:06 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: GSlob; OldFriend; MBB1984; Jay777; Liz; Calpernia; JustPiper; La Enchiladita; trooprally; ...
Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America

HEY ACLU: Put your hand on this Bible and repeat after me this Oath, THEN I will consider your opinion about American matters:

"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the armed forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG....


http://www.uscis.gov/graphics/aboutus/history/teacher/oath.htm

50 posted on 06/19/2006 12:40:46 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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