Skip to comments.ACLU Says Pulling The Plug On Free Speech Was The Right Call
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 dont 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 McCombs 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 McCombs 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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"... or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"
(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.
There is [or must be] a right not to be bibled at, for unwilling listeners in public settings.
You are free to stay home.
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.
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.
Wish she would have just pulled out a bullhorn and continued on.
I would have paid money to see that.
You mean a right not to be exposed to views with which you disagree?
Only in a liberal's wet dream.
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.
While your desire to be unbibled at presently will be followed by dhimmitude or death as an apostate at the hands of Islam
So, trash the constitution to please your ilk?
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.
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.
"To the ACLU, Free Speech means pornography." - Ann Coulter
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.
...sorry but, that's the "invisible" part of the First Amendment. You must be hallucinating.
Didn't the ACLU just last week say that Islamic prayer at school was okay?
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.
Crazy-ass ACLU ping
So in the world of the ACLU - the PC rights take precedent over the other rights. ;)
Perhaps. But not in this country.
Another reason O'Reilly is right when he says that the ACLU is the most dangerous organization in America today.
It would've been better if the grads and parents had upped and left. That would've gotten their attention.
Do the words "public nuisance" ring?
Now if she only wanted to teach homosexuality or fisting to them, that would have been ok.
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.
Nothing horrifies the Left more than freedom of speech. It exposes truth, the best disinfectant and, to the Left, the horror of horrors.
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.
You've just violated a similar "right" of whole of lot people.
But not illegal.
Why, no. They don't.
Another example of how frightened school administrators are of the ACLU.
"... ACLU is the most dangerous organization in America today".
And, fortunately, soon to be the dumbest, as it seems.
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.
Do the words "public nuisance" ring?
Ummm...are you talking about yourself or the student?
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?
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?
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?
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.