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Valedictorian Speech Cut off at the Name of Christ
LifeSite News ^ | June 22, 2006 | Hilary White

Posted on 06/22/2006 3:46:06 PM PDT by NYer

LAS VEGAS, June 22, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The name of Christ is so offensive to modern secular ears that Clark County School District officials, who knew it was coming, cut off the microphone during a valedictorian address before they or anyone else could hear it.
 
Brittany McComb is a Christian and a top student graduating from Foothill High. She knew that her valedictorian address would probably be cut short, but was determined to go ahead and mention the one name that is for her above every other name.
 
"I went through four years of school at Foothill and they taught me logic and they taught me freedom of speech," McComb stated. "God's the biggest part of my life. Just like other valedictorians thank their parents, I wanted to thank my lord and saviour."
 
The 400 plus graduates and guests gathered at a Las Vegas casino for the ceremony booed and jeered after McComb’s speech was cut short.
 
McComb was required to vet her speech before the graduation ceremony with Foothill administrators. This, says the school, is standard practice before speeches are read. The school officials then removed all Biblical references and the single mention of the name of Jesus Christ.
 
McComb, who graduated with a 4.7 grade point average, was warned that if she deviated from the approved text, she could be cut off; but she saw it as a matter of freedom of speech.
 
“People aren't stupid and they know we have freedom of speech and the district wasn't advocating my ideas,” McComb said. “Those are my opinions.”
 
“It's what I believe.”
 
The school district’s legal counsel, Bill Hoffman, said that McComb's words counted as preaching. He told media, “We review the speeches and tell them they may not proselytize.”
 
McComb said she was not surprised by the censorship. “Even in the Bible it says that the name of Jesus will be hated.”

“But the thing is, it is freedom of speech, so I was upset,” McComb said on the “Jay Sekulow Live!” radio program on June 20. “I was really leery about having to defy authority.... It took me a while, but I answer to a higher authority and it's my freedom of speech, and I had to come to terms with that.”
 
The American Civil Liberties Union, becoming notorious for its secularist zealotry in cases of public expression of religious belief, praised the school’s decision saying, “It's important for people to understand that a student was given a school-sponsored forum by a school, and therefore, in essence, it was a school-sponsored speech.”
 
Not so, says a Constitutional lawyer and freedom of speech activist. Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the Florida-based pro-family legal organization Liberty Counsel, said McComb should take the school district to court.
 
“I think this is one of the most outrageous examples of censorship at graduation that I've seen,” Staver said to Agape Press. “For school officials to literally be standing by the switch at the mixing board and cut the microphone on a student, simply because that student mentions God or Jesus, is just unbelievable.”
 
A writer in the Conservative Voice, Ben Shapiro, responded, “Let's assume the school district, by allowing McComb's speech, would have been promoting her message. Here's the question: So what?”
 
“There is no right to be free from public expression of religion,” Ben Shapiro wrote, “but there is a Constitutionally protected right to free exercise of religion … it is none of the school district's business whether she chooses to invoke God, Jesus or Zeus (though history indicates that the ACLU would fight for her right to invoke Zeus).”
 
The Constitution of the US, says Shapiro, prohibits the establishment of a state religion such as the Anglican Church in Britain, but was never intended to suppress the right to freedom of religious expression.

See MSNBC's interview with Brittany McComb:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13461308/


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
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1 posted on 06/22/2006 3:46:09 PM PDT by NYer
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2 posted on 06/22/2006 3:47:00 PM PDT by NYer (Discover the beauty of the Eastern Catholic Churches - freepmail me for more information.)
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To: NYer

Now if she thanked Allah, then that would have been just fine with the loons in the ACLU.


3 posted on 06/22/2006 3:49:48 PM PDT by PhillyRepublican
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To: NYer

I'm Jewish and I say BRAVO. She worked hard and if she wants to thank G-d in her way, then please, she's earned the right. I cannot imagine any parent begruding. She has faith, that and a 4.7 GPA are to be admired.


4 posted on 06/22/2006 3:51:17 PM PDT by timsbella (Mark Steyn for Prime Minister of Canada!)
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To: NYer

Hah, I'll bet she'd have been able to finish her speech if only she'd flashed gang signs or talked about the wonders of Islam.


5 posted on 06/22/2006 3:51:37 PM PDT by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: PhillyRepublican

Or if she waxed philosophical about Tupac...sheesh.


6 posted on 06/22/2006 3:52:18 PM PDT by timsbella (Mark Steyn for Prime Minister of Canada!)
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To: NYer

Brittany, wear a burkah next time. Then you'll be signing autographs.


7 posted on 06/22/2006 3:52:58 PM PDT by gotribe (It's not a religion.)
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To: NYer
“People aren't stupid and they know we have freedom of speech and the district wasn't advocating my ideas,” McComb said. “Those are my opinions.”

As so many are so fond of saying, the right to free speech does not guarantee the right to be heard.

8 posted on 06/22/2006 3:54:28 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (Karen Ryan reporting...)
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To: gotribe
Brittany, wear a burkah next time. Then you'll be signing autographs.

The thing is, there won't be a next time. This was her high school graduation and it was ruined by some blithering idiots with the help of the ACLU.

9 posted on 06/22/2006 3:56:44 PM PDT by Texas Mom (Two places you're always welcome - church and Grandma's house.)
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To: NYer; zot; Interesting Times; SeraphimApprentice

At my daughter's graduation here in Prince George's County, Maryland, the saluatorian mention God and the valvictorian gave her speech in the form of a letter to God, and closed it with thanks to her favorite 'man' for guiding her and helping make her what she is, Jesus.

The audience applauded. Something to say for a predominantly black group of parents in a heavily democrat county.


10 posted on 06/22/2006 3:57:02 PM PDT by GreyFriar ((3rd Armored Division -- Spearhead))
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

***As so many are so fond of saying, the right to free speech does not guarantee the right to be heard.***

True. What I love about this is that the school chose to block out one word. But the word that they chose to censor just happens to be the name of the Savior of millions of Americans, and near and dear to their hearts.

So their goal of preventing 400 people from hearing the name "Jesus" has exploded into the whole NATION hearing His name. That and further exposure of the ACLU as the traitors they are.


11 posted on 06/22/2006 3:57:29 PM PDT by Zeppelin (You've been Zarqed !)
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To: NYer

As despicable as the school board's actions are, she knew it was coming. The honourable thing to do would be to tell the school board to find another valedictorian.


12 posted on 06/22/2006 3:58:01 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Yay! It's Riding Season!)
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To: timsbella

I agree with you. Athletes say it all the time on TV, why can't students? BTW, 3 of my brothers and sisters have given valedictorian speeches for high school graduation in recent years and have mentioned frequent references to God and Church and have NOT been cut off.


13 posted on 06/22/2006 3:59:27 PM PDT by moog
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To: GreyFriar


The audience applauded. Something to say for a predominantly black group of parents in a heavily democrat county.

Deep down, there's a lot more to people than we think.


14 posted on 06/22/2006 4:00:07 PM PDT by moog
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To: timsbella
"The 400 plus graduates and guests gathered at a Las Vegas casino for the ceremony booed and jeered after McComb’s speech was cut short."

THIS IS THE BEST PART... folks supported her by their actions when she was cut off...GOD BLESS THEM ALL.

15 posted on 06/22/2006 4:00:19 PM PDT by Lion in Winter (islamics arn't religious, just set on on mass murder of non-muslims! NO FAT ISLAMIC broads!!)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

"As so many are so fond of saying, the right to free speech does not guarantee the right to be heard."

To invite someone to speak and then cut their mike because the school doesn't like what she said is nothing more than pure censorship. I would say she has the right to be heard if she was invited to SPEAK, which she was.


16 posted on 06/22/2006 4:00:52 PM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: NYer

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My favorite hat. I wear it everywhere. If I get any stares, I ask "What? You got some kind of beef with Switzerland?"


17 posted on 06/22/2006 4:01:13 PM PDT by Frank Sheed (Tá brón orainn. Níl Spáinnis againn anseo.)
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To: NYer
McComb, who graduated with a 4.7 grade point average...

??? 3.7 maybe? Straight A's will only get you 4.0. How do you get a 4.7 GPA?

18 posted on 06/22/2006 4:01:29 PM PDT by BykrBayb ("We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will give you no rest." Þ)
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To: GreyFriar
Something to say for a predominantly black group of parents in a heavily democrat county.

Not surprising. I don't know how it is in your neck of the woods but the overwhelming majority of faces at my church (and most other evangelical churches) here in Toronto are black. The faith seems to be much stronger here among African and Caribean immigrants than among the native-born.

19 posted on 06/22/2006 4:01:40 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Yay! It's Riding Season!)
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To: Zeppelin

"So their goal of preventing 400 people from hearing the name "Jesus" has exploded into the whole NATION hearing His name. That and further exposure of the ACLU as the traitors they are."

Definitely, good things can come from small things. This experience actually turned out to be a positive one after all.


20 posted on 06/22/2006 4:01:43 PM PDT by moog
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To: BykrBayb

5 point system. Some schools have them.


21 posted on 06/22/2006 4:02:30 PM PDT by Frank Sheed (Tá brón orainn. Níl Spáinnis againn anseo.)
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To: Texas Mom

The thing is, there won't be a next time. This was her high school graduation and it was ruined by some blithering idiots with the help of the ACLU.

She can use it as a catalyst to do much good in the world.


22 posted on 06/22/2006 4:02:38 PM PDT by moog
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To: NYer

Ain't ya'll heard? Jesus is against the law.


23 posted on 06/22/2006 4:03:01 PM PDT by Lexington Green (Medical Marijuana - ''Liberty can be delayed, but it cannot be denied.'')
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker
True. However, our Constitution does provide that Congress shall pass no law abridging the free exercise of religion. That limitation on the legislature also applies to the executive branch and the corresponding institutions in the states. Many state constitutions have similar provisions.

It seems to me that, in preventing McComb from even mentioning the name of the Lord, the school engaged in just about the most egregious violation of the free exercise clause that I can remember.

24 posted on 06/22/2006 4:03:14 PM PDT by p. henry
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To: Texas Mom
"The thing is, there won't be a next time. This was her high school graduation and it was ruined by some blithering idiots with the help of the ACLU."

Well the graduation was ruined and she should sue. But now she has a national voice.

25 posted on 06/22/2006 4:04:38 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: NYer

If i had my way you would NOT BE ALLOWED to speak UNLESS YOU were HETEROsexual!!Normal is allowed,abnormal is not.


26 posted on 06/22/2006 4:04:43 PM PDT by INSENSITIVE GUY
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To: NYer

They recoil at the name of Christ like Dracula at the sight of a cross.


27 posted on 06/22/2006 4:09:12 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: PhillyRepublican

Instead, if she had begun her speech with, "George Bush is the most evil man on the planet, and I'd like to spend the next hour telling you why", they would have turned up her microphone, and probably given her a scholarship to the college of her choice.


28 posted on 06/22/2006 4:10:40 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: NYer

If goverment schools are in conflict with the First Amendment, then governmnet schools have to go, not the First Amendment.


29 posted on 06/22/2006 4:11:05 PM PDT by DManA
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To: BykrBayb

Some schools use a 5 point scale instead of 4.


30 posted on 06/22/2006 4:13:01 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: NYer
It was a speech given by a student NOT a teacher.. She was asked to give a speech about HER THOUGHTS.. She wanted to express what helped HER to succeed.. Her mic was cut off, yet idiot actresses are allowed to rap at commencement speeches.. Had she recited the COMMUNIST MANIFESTO, I'm sure that school would have had no problem!
31 posted on 06/22/2006 4:13:42 PM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts ("Liberals see what they believe... Conservatives believe what they see")
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To: Texas_Jarhead

Okay, thanks. I was beginning to think she cheated. LOL


32 posted on 06/22/2006 4:13:43 PM PDT by BykrBayb ("We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will give you no rest." Þ)
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To: NYer

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

John 15: 18-19


33 posted on 06/22/2006 4:14:22 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Brilliant

Yes they do. He heard her though, and that's what matters.


34 posted on 06/22/2006 4:18:06 PM PDT by kenth
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To: Deo volente
"Instead, if she had begun her speech with, "George Bush is the most evil man on the planet, and I'd like to spend the next hour telling you why", they would have turned up her microphone, and probably given her a scholarship to the college of her choice."

Exactly, Deo... when I first heard the story I turned to my BF and said if she was ANTI-Religion/Anti-Bush whey would have turned up her mic.
35 posted on 06/22/2006 4:20:58 PM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts ("Liberals see what they believe... Conservatives believe what they see")
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

She earned the right to speak and be heard. If she had been thanking her teachers, relatives, friends, and strangers, that would have been allowed. She was not allowed to thank The One who was most responsible for her success.


36 posted on 06/22/2006 4:24:41 PM PDT by BykrBayb ("We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will give you no rest." Þ)
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To: All

Does anyone have an actual copy of the speech she wanted to give?


37 posted on 06/22/2006 4:26:03 PM PDT by okstate
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To: NYer
“I think this is one of the most outrageous examples of censorship at graduation that I've seen,” Staver said to Agape Press. “For school officials to literally be standing by the switch at the mixing board and cut the microphone on a student, simply because that student mentions God or Jesus, is just unbelievable.”


38 posted on 06/22/2006 4:27:28 PM PDT by henbane
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To: Lexington Green

Matthew 5:11

Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.


39 posted on 06/22/2006 4:27:34 PM PDT by Frank Sheed (Tá brón orainn. Níl Spáinnis againn anseo.)
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To: Republicanprofessor

Education ping?


40 posted on 06/22/2006 4:35:36 PM PDT by mcvey (Fight on. Do not give up. Ally with those you must. Defeat those you can. And fight on whatever.)
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To: GreyFriar

Ping for your Post 10. I'm very glad to hear it.


41 posted on 06/22/2006 4:38:12 PM PDT by zot (GWB -- the most slandered man of this decade)
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To: PhillyRepublican
Or if she had thanked Satan......oops!...I forgot.... Allah "is" Satan's Nom de plume.
42 posted on 06/22/2006 4:40:53 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Our troops should never be punished for infractions that don't surpass the SOP of our foes.)
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To: Brilliant

Dracula is on the school board.


43 posted on 06/22/2006 4:42:19 PM PDT by moog
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To: DManA

"then governmnet schools"

especially when they spell it wrong


44 posted on 06/22/2006 4:43:28 PM PDT by moog
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To: BykrBayb

Taking advanced placement classes. They are given higher credits than regular classes. In Texas, if you've taken some of these you can test out of college classes. My cousin entered Texas Tech as a sophomore 3 years ago.


45 posted on 06/22/2006 4:44:22 PM PDT by Jaded (does it really need a sarcasm tag?)
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To: moog
Too bad she had to lie to do. That really praised Jesus.

Too bad the "Praise Jesus" crowd posting here didn't read the actual story.

All speakers at her school submit their speeches for editing and approval. Her's was edited and she agreed to give it that way. She was told that if she deviated she would be cut off. She decided to give it the original way and they cut her off.

Never let the truth get in the way of a good rant by Christians.
46 posted on 06/22/2006 4:44:54 PM PDT by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: moog

Can you spell F-U?


47 posted on 06/22/2006 4:45:29 PM PDT by DManA
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To: BykrBayb

Interesting that I mentioned examples of where my siblings HAVE mentioned deity with no censorship at high school graduations and I didn't get a reply.


48 posted on 06/22/2006 4:45:36 PM PDT by moog
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To: DManA

Can you spell F-U?

Cool, a liberal is here. I'm just poking fun. Geez, don't get your foo-foos tied up in a knot.


49 posted on 06/22/2006 4:46:42 PM PDT by moog
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To: GreyFriar

Somehow liberals don't find it offensive when blacks do this sort of thing. Something like, well, it is part of "their"culture. A way for liberals to demonstrate their tolerance.


50 posted on 06/22/2006 4:46:47 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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