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Valedictorian's speech cut short by school district
KBBC - Las Vegas ^ | 6-16-06

Posted on 06/19/2006 2:02:05 PM PDT by Indy Pendance

A local high school graduation ended with roars of protest after school officials turned the microphone off right in the middle of one of the valedictorian's speeches. The microphone cut out after the valedictorian at Foothill High made reference to God.

The family says the District's decision isn't fair. Brittney McComb says she's a straight A student, number one in her class, and is headed to Biola University in the fall.

Brittney attributes all of her success to God. Trouble is, she tried to explain that during her speech which the school district said they told her beforehand was a no-no.

"God's love is so great."

This was part of the speech that Brittney McComb says she so wanted to give on graduation night. But because it did have numerous references to God and Jesus Christ, the school district cut off the mic, leaving her practically silent. That's when many people stood up and booed, showing their support.

Now, the day after, McComb says she got nothing but support from her fellow students. "All of my classmates came up to me and were so happy. They told me they loved me and I said God's awesome because I couldn't have done it without him."

McComb says the district reviewed her speech beforehand, just like everyone else. But she says they sent it back with the last half chopped off.

"They said it was offensive, it identifies a particular religion," explains McComb. "I really think it's free speech; we're American, we should be able to handle that."

We asked her father about that.

Rob McMillan: We have freedom of speech, but what about separation of church and state?

Michael McComb: They brought that up, and they say they were going to give us some documentation to prove why she could say that in her speech.

They said the documentation was ambiguous. That was when Brittney said she took it upon herself to go ahead and give her speech as written, no matter what the consequences might be.

The district tells News 3 there are guidelines for what valedictorians can and can't say, but they didn't get back to us on our request for an interview. A district spokesperson told us they were not trying to avoid interviews on this subject and that multiple graduation ceremonies prevented top administrators from giving us an interview.

The school district maintains it was simply following procedure at the Foothill Graduation.

We're told students are required to submit their speeches in writing ahead of time and they're told if they deviate from the script at all, their microphones will be cut off. The district maintains that's exactly what happened in this case.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: antitheist; churchandstate; commencement; freespeech; godyourefired
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1 posted on 06/19/2006 2:02:06 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance
top administrators

Isn't that an oxymoron?

2 posted on 06/19/2006 2:03:44 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: HIDEK6

Yep, maybe with Roberts and Alito as justices, this mangled interpretation will be struck down.


3 posted on 06/19/2006 2:06:03 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: HIDEK6
Please point to me where the phrase "separation of church and state" appears in the Constitution.
4 posted on 06/19/2006 2:06:11 PM PDT by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: Indy Pendance

Not to worry - the ACLU will file suit on her behalf.


/s


5 posted on 06/19/2006 2:06:28 PM PDT by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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To: Indy Pendance
"Brittney attributes all of her success to God. Trouble is, she tried to explain that during her speech which the school district said they told her beforehand was a no-no."

I suspect the district would've given the go-ahead to any student who wanted to give credit to Allah.

6 posted on 06/19/2006 2:07:01 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Indy Pendance

I am constantly amazed at how timid we are in these confrontations. Separation of Church and State is NOT in the Constitution as most assume. It is a convention that started with Baptists in Connecticut irritated with the state sanctioned Episcopal Church. Jefferson penned this phrase during this disagreement. It later grew in strength as a Protestant strategy to curtain Catholic involvement and it is now a beast of their own creation that has turned on them. The bottom line is that it is not Constitutional and should be challenged at every turn.


7 posted on 06/19/2006 2:07:20 PM PDT by MountainMenace (E Pluribus Unum! An oxymoron for liberals.)
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To: HIDEK6

As I noted on the related posting, it was lucky that the Commissars of Free Speech were there to protect everyone from this dangerous counterrevolutionary. Uncontrollable theism might have broken out! (/sarcasm off)


8 posted on 06/19/2006 2:07:22 PM PDT by Tirian
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To: Indy Pendance
Why can't they simply put in a disclaimer saying something to the effect that:
The opinions expressed in these speeches are those of the respective individuals, and are not necessarily endorsed by XYZ school district or the state of Nevada.

Would that be so hard to do?

Wouldn't it avoid any and all criticisms about "state-sponsored religion" ??

9 posted on 06/19/2006 2:09:15 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Indy Pendance

The argument that a Valedictorian's speech is somehow endorsed by the school, and is therefore an endorsement by the government, is completely without merit. Were it a principal, a teacher, or a skrewel administrator it would have been different. A student should be free to voice their opinions, even if they close their statement with "Allahu Akbar." Somebody please tell me how you can make the leap from a student's speech to the "establishment of religion" clause in our Constitution.


10 posted on 06/19/2006 2:10:01 PM PDT by highimpact
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To: Indy Pendance

A school valedictorian is representing the school and as such the school can turn off her microphone.

Or as laura ingraham once said about hollywood performers "shut up and sing"


11 posted on 06/19/2006 2:10:30 PM PDT by staytrue (Moonbat conservatives-those who would rather have the democrats win.)
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To: Indy Pendance

North Korea is alive and well in the public skrools.


12 posted on 06/19/2006 2:11:34 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (One flag--American. One language--English. One allegiance--to America!)
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To: Indy Pendance
district spokesperson, top administrators, school district...

I guess they fear putting a name to a decision will result in them getting FReeped!

13 posted on 06/19/2006 2:11:38 PM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll. 17,406+ snide replies and counting!)
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To: Tirian
As I noted on the related posting, it was lucky that the Commissars of Free Speech were there to protect everyone from this dangerous counterrevolutionary. Uncontrollable theism might have broken out! (/sarcasm off)

Freedom of speech doesn't mean you get a free microphone to use.

14 posted on 06/19/2006 2:11:58 PM PDT by mc6809e
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To: Indy Pendance
"They said it was offensive, it identifies a particular religion,"

Uh, the one religion that believes in God? Oh yeah, that religion.

15 posted on 06/19/2006 2:12:02 PM PDT by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: Mr. Mojo

...Or, to the Gay and Lesbian coalition.


16 posted on 06/19/2006 2:12:30 PM PDT by aligncare (Watergate killed journalism)
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To: Izzy Dunne

I betcha some atheist busybody would still complain...


17 posted on 06/19/2006 2:12:41 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (One flag--American. One language--English. One allegiance--to America!)
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To: Indy Pendance

When they cut her mike, wouldn't it have been cool if she'd calmly pulled out the bullhorn hidden under her robe and finished her speech?


18 posted on 06/19/2006 2:13:04 PM PDT by Restorer
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To: Izzy Dunne
The Constitution says: or prohibiting the free exercise thereof
19 posted on 06/19/2006 2:13:08 PM PDT by Shimmer128 (I see dumb people, they're everywhere. They don't even know they're dumb.)
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To: highimpact

anyone have a problem with the following

A local high school graduation ended with roars of protest after school officials turned the microphone off right in the middle of one of the valedictorian's speeches. The microphone cut out after the valedictorian at Foothill High made reference to Satan.

The family says the District's decision isn't fair. Brittney McComb says she's a straight A student, number one in her class, and is headed to Saddam Hussein University in the fall.

Brittney attributes all of her success to Satan. Trouble is, she tried to explain that during her speech which the school district said they told her beforehand was a no-no.

"Satan's love is so great."


20 posted on 06/19/2006 2:13:49 PM PDT by staytrue (Moonbat conservatives-those who would rather have the democrats win.)
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To: Indy Pendance
Just heard her on Hannity. She was very eloquent and intelligent sounding. Great sounding kid. Will be on Hannity and Colmes tonight.

This is the kind of hypocritical two faces liberal swill I am used to. This girl did nothing wrong, and had she been a liberal talking about how bad Bush was and how immoral the war was, or if she was a muslim and if she was going to mention allah or muhammed, no one would have said boo, even though that would have offended most people there, but what she did want to say would have offended no one except these radical aclu and school district liberals who take offence at the expense of others right to free speech.

Bottom line, this is further evidence that the 1st Amendment and freedom of speech does NOT apply to Christians and conservatives, as interpreted by liberals and the msm. If this girl was some lib or a muslim she wouldn't have been silenced and sensored. This is nothing short of religious persecution and a violation of her 1st Amendment rights. The Constitution that I hold in my hand right now says nothing about seperation of church and state, but it does say that Congress shall make no law which establishes religion, which this girl talking about her personal experiences did not to. There is also not to be any sensoring of speech, and that's what this was. The AntiAmerican Communist Liberal Union strikes again.

And like you said, when this gets to the SCOTUS at some point, Roberts and Alito along with Thomas and Scalia will lead the charge to defeat this. And the sooner Stevens or Ginsburg retire and Bush replaces them with another Constitutinal conservative Judge, the better.

21 posted on 06/19/2006 2:14:13 PM PDT by TexasPatriot8 (You can't get blood from a turnip, and with liberals, you can't get common sense from stupid.)
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To: Tirian

Imagine if the valedictorian talked about Che or some other person, or invoked Wiccan. That's be perfectly acceptable.


22 posted on 06/19/2006 2:14:22 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance

"references to God and Jesus Christ, the school district cut off the mic, leaving her practically silent. That's when many people stood up and booed, showing their support."

"Now, the day after, McComb says she got nothing but support from her fellow students. "All of my classmates came up to me and were so happy."





We all remember high school,

I hope the left keeps doing this, theatrical censorship like this will make the students doubt all PC stuff and turn Christian students into a group worth identifying with.


23 posted on 06/19/2006 2:14:57 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: mc6809e; staytrue

Cutting the mic effectively negates the speech. It's the girl's point of view, for crying out loud. Are you really going to align yourself with the North Koreans who are obviously running the graduations?


24 posted on 06/19/2006 2:15:03 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (One flag--American. One language--English. One allegiance--to America!)
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To: Indy Pendance

The administrators should be charged, found guilty of infringing on the students 1st Amendment rights and jailed. While in jail they should be forced to write 10,000 times, I am not God. When they are through they can be released.


25 posted on 06/19/2006 2:15:16 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: highimpact
Soon, you won't be able to walk down a sidewalk and talk about God, it's public propriety after all, someone might be offended.
26 posted on 06/19/2006 2:15:47 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: Shimmer128

Exactly. The aclu operates in violation of real free speech for ALL, and uses only parts of the Constitution to prop up their unconstitutional positions, and to defend their sensoring of Americans like this girl.


27 posted on 06/19/2006 2:15:57 PM PDT by TexasPatriot8 (You can't get blood from a turnip, and with liberals, you can't get common sense from stupid.)
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To: highimpact
Somebody please tell me how you can make the leap from a student's speech to the "establishment of religion" clause in our Constitution.

This isn't much different from giving Jerry Falwell or the Pope a mic so they might deliver a speech at the graduation.

That would be an obvious endorsement.

28 posted on 06/19/2006 2:16:13 PM PDT by mc6809e
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To: Indy Pendance

What if she were to offer words of peace in the name of Islam? What would be done then? Would her microphone be cut off? What if she were to endorse multicultural pap? Would her microphone be cut off? What if she were to proclaim global warming the greatest threat to mankind? Would her microphone be cut off? What if she were to demand more foreign aid to third world countries? Would her microphone be cut off? What if she were to endorse the positions of Michael Berg and Cindy Sheehan? Would her microphone be cut off? Oh, it never stops, does it? Endless bias by those who should know better!


29 posted on 06/19/2006 2:16:48 PM PDT by Continental Soldier
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To: Restorer

We'd know for sure she is a freeper!


30 posted on 06/19/2006 2:17:02 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance

31 posted on 06/19/2006 2:18:31 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: Shimmer128
The Constitution says: or prohibiting the free exercise thereof

And she wasn't prohibited from exercising her religion.

She's isn't, however, granted free use of public resources to spread her gospel to a captive audience.

32 posted on 06/19/2006 2:18:38 PM PDT by mc6809e
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To: jwalsh07

Okay, who the hell put jim robinson in charge with the right to ban posters and delete posts denying them freedom of speech ?


33 posted on 06/19/2006 2:18:41 PM PDT by staytrue (Moonbat conservatives-those who would rather have the democrats win.)
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To: mc6809e
Freedom of speech doesn't mean you get a free microphone to use.

It does in a public forum when you've been invited to speak. Turning off the microphone is government censorship of 1st Amendment speech. Anybody supporting that crap because they have problems with theists would do well to find a new country with a different constitution.

34 posted on 06/19/2006 2:18:52 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Indy Pendance
I recently received am email about a small public university in Maryland, where one of the schools (arts and letters, philosophy or something like that) where the valedictorian was told he could NOT mention God in his speech.

Well, toward the end of his speech, the entire group of more than 200 all sneezed simultaneously, at which point the valedictorian responded..."God Bless You.....God Bless all of you!"

All I can say is .....Brilliant.

35 posted on 06/19/2006 2:18:53 PM PDT by irish guard
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To: mc6809e
She wasn't preaching, she mentioned God, it's ok though, if you were gay and told people 'thanks to the gay lifestyle'? Is your middle name hypocrate?
36 posted on 06/19/2006 2:20:16 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: staytrue

I don't mean to be disrespectful but any freeper who doesn't know the difference between censorship by government actors and private ownership exercising their perogatives would be better off somewhere else.


37 posted on 06/19/2006 2:20:27 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Indy Pendance
Once again, Christians are treated as second class citizens by the secularist police state. I wonder...if Lutherans and Presbyterians started cutting off people's heads and talking about root causes of oppression, would they be treated so shabbily?
38 posted on 06/19/2006 2:20:56 PM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: Restorer

I can just see the nasty little God-loathing, uber-lib tree-hugging shrew yanking the plug on the P.A. and savoring the moment, -her little heart going pitty-pat knowing that she just prevented a grave injustice.

I can hear her recounting it to her friends, as if she just done something noble.

This might have been justified if the girl was droning on about Satan...

I like it when stuff like this happens, this could become a trend.

If you were blessed enough to be Valedictorian you should be more than willing to thank God.

The Bullhorn idea is very nice.. It could catch on ;>

This story needs to get kicked up, -and it will.


39 posted on 06/19/2006 2:22:37 PM PDT by Capn TrVth
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To: mc6809e

...of course you don't get a free microphone. But once your told the microphone is yours...they can not 'separate' you from your core beliefs. Ones religion informs one. She should not have been censored.


40 posted on 06/19/2006 2:24:15 PM PDT by aligncare (Watergate killed journalism)
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To: mc6809e
That would be an obvious endorsement.

Only to a fool. SCOTUS case law, the shambles that it is, on establishement jurisprudence has what's known as a common sense test.

If the Pope is invited to speak, would an outside observer think that the Pope was representing the views of himself and the Catholic Church or the government.

Admittedly a few fools would choose B but the overwhelming preponderance of people would understand that the Pope was reflecting his views.

Which group are you part of?

41 posted on 06/19/2006 2:24:36 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: staytrue
I see we are in the minority. She was told before the event what she could and could not say.

We had a young girl who was told at the beginning of the school year what the dress code was for graduation.

A few days before the ceremony she said she would not wear a dress and would wear pants. The principle said if she did she would not be allowed to walk over the stage and pick up her diploma.

Big stink for a day or so and then she showed up in pants. The principle stood fast and the girl did not participate.

Gheees, after all the stories and letters to the editor over the next few days you would think she was Joan of Arch.
42 posted on 06/19/2006 2:24:36 PM PDT by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: massgopguy
Please point to me where the phrase "separation of church and state" appears in the Constitution.

I was told once that it only appears in the Constitution of the former USSR.

43 posted on 06/19/2006 2:25:32 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.)
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To: Indy Pendance
"Rob McMillan: We have freedom of speech, but what about separation of church and state?"

Once again the left is allowed to frame the debate and of course lies.

As we all know separation of church and state exists NOWHERE in the US Constitution yet the J. Goebel inspired left repeats the lie so much they believe it.

References to God an Jesus in a speech by a private citizen do NOT constitute government establishing or restricting any religion.

44 posted on 06/19/2006 2:26:34 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (The difference between democrats and terrorists is the terrorists don't claim to support the troops)
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To: Continental Soldier

I imagine if the valedictorian had said the only path to salvation is through submission to Allah, he would have had his mic shut off. It's disrespectful to Christian students who disagree to be told that their faith is wrong and sending them to hell.


45 posted on 06/19/2006 2:27:02 PM PDT by HostileTerritory
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To: staytrue

God is good. Satan is evil.


46 posted on 06/19/2006 2:28:51 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (One flag--American. One language--English. One allegiance--to America!)
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To: Indy Pendance

Let the Rutherford Institute's lawyers teach this school what the First Ammendment ACTUALLY says.


47 posted on 06/19/2006 2:28:54 PM PDT by EricT. (CA conservatives only serve to inflate the number of electoral votes won by the Dems.)
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To: Indy Pendance

I would love to see a transcript of her speech. I would guess she did more than mentioned God but also encouraged them to find in Jesus what she has found, as well, and which enabled her to succeed. It's called "bearing witness."


48 posted on 06/19/2006 2:28:57 PM PDT by HostileTerritory
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Cutting the mic effectively negates the speech. It's the girl's point of view, for crying out loud.

So what? She can express her point of view all she wants, but she's not allowed to use public resources to do it, especially to a captive audience.

Are you really going to align yourself with the North Koreans who are obviously running the graduations?

If I were aligned with the North Koreans, I'd be the kind of person that thought the purpose of school was to force my religious views on a captive audience during an official state ceremony. Oh, and I would get one of my best students to deliver the official message.

49 posted on 06/19/2006 2:28:59 PM PDT by mc6809e
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To: Indy Pendance

Schools being run by retards.


50 posted on 06/19/2006 2:30:11 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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