Skip to comments.Students Rebel at Graduation Against the ACLUís Bullying Tactics (Grads recite Lord's Prayer)
Posted on 06/04/2009 12:52:37 PM PDT by greatdefender
Santa Rosa County, FL - Nearly 400 graduating seniors at Pace High School stood up in protest against the ACLU and recited the Lords Prayer during their graduation ceremony on Saturday. Many of the students also painted crosses on their graduation caps to make a statement of faith. This event follows a lawsuit the ACLU filed against the Santa Rosa County School District, claiming some of the teachers and administration endorsed religion. Liberty Counsel represents Pace High School Principal Frank Lay and school teacher Michelle Winkler.
The graduation prayer protest by the students was preceded by a lawsuit filed six months ago by the ACLU. The school district entered into a consent decree, which essentially bans all Santa Rosa County School District employees from engaging in prayer or religious activities. The ACLU alleges that during a dinner event held at Pace High School, Principal Lay asked the athletic director to bless the meal. In another incident, the ACLU alleges that Michelle Winklers husband, who is not a school board employee, offered prayer at an awards ceremony. Leading up to the graduation ceremony, the ACLU demanded the school to censor students from offering prayers or saying anything religious. The ACLU then charged Principal Lay and Ms. Winkler with contempt of court.
The students at Pace High School were furious with the ACLU hijacking their free speech rights and decided to take a stand at graduation. As soon as Principal Lay asked everyone to be seated at the ceremony, the graduating class remained standing and recited the Lords Prayer. The ACLU has not taken any legal action yet but has stated that something should have been done to stop the prayer.
Mathew D. Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, commented: Neither students nor teachers shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate. The students at Pace High School refused to remain silent and were not about to be bullied by the ACLU. We have decided to represent faculty, staff and students of Pace High School, because the ACLU is clearly violating their First Amendment rights. Schools are not religion-free zones, and any attempt to make them so is unconstitutional.
Good for them.
It’s time for some open, in their face defiance.
Leftists use the government to get their way, of course,
but perhaps some state legislatures could start standing up
and denying jurisdiction to some of these edicts.
Three cheers for the students. God Bless them.
Sick and tired of the ACLU and their fellow-traverlers telling the rest of us how to live.
God Bless them one and all. (The Students, not the ACLU)
I love it when the young people fight the power, stand up to the pig....ACLU, I SMELL BACON!!!
This is the type of area, the type of people, and the type of action that will begin the revolution. I doubt that there are areas of the country any more conservative than north Florida.
This is from the Onion, right? I mean, I know the ACLU thinks they’re “all that”, but, seriously....they have the power to charge someone with “contempt of court”? Seriously???
I’m having a particularly bad day, please feel free to send any ACLU reps to my house. I’m Catholic, I’m mad, and I believe in the 2nd amendment (woo hoo! maybe I’ll be famous like Doug and get the FBI to visit!)
Viva La Resistance !!!!
The school was in no way at fault here. The students were simply expressing their own religious values. To deny them that, even on public property, would be to flout the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment. Being the champions of civil rights they are, surely the ACLU wouldn’t want THAT!
On a day of bad news and worse tidings, this post has made the sun shine on my world. I most strongly hope the parents and families of these young AMERICANS are as profoundly proud of their kids as I am.
My only regret is that the ACLU is too stupid to get the message.
AWESOME GOOD NEWS! GOD BLESS THEM ALL!
The federal government did not rush into action and build a mas detention center on the spot?
This is the correct progression. In the face of tyranny, first you use your First Amendment rights. If that doesn’t work, you progress to the Second.
Obviously the Principle and the faculty should have been armed with machine guns and start shooting them down when they started reciting this prayer.
WTF does the ACLU have in mind to stop hundreds of students from saying a prayer once it’s started.
We just had the President of the United States in Egypt saying it’s a new beginning for Muslims in the Unites States, what do these tards have to say about that.?
Maybe they would be ok if the students said Allahu Akbar Allah. I bet they wouldnt say anything.
Good job, students! Remember, never trust the ACLU or anyone over 30. ;-)
That’s why there needs to be student activists of this kind. These kids took a page from BHO’s community activist playbook. Can someone come up with a Saul Alinsky Manual for Christian Radicals?
***Three cheers for the students. God Bless them****
A much better group than those who graduated Notre dame screaming “Yes, we can.”
Youth rebellion is as natural as mother’s milk. Someday I hope they rebel en mass to the liberal policies and education system that has used and fed them BS all their lives.
You betcha! In the very near future you will see Muslim students asserting themselves with a right to pray. The left won’t know what to do about that, because they have only had to confront Christians (whom they despise) on this point.
Kids are a lot smarter than the ACLU or the administration. The answer for the administration is to lay down and die while students stand up.
LOL. They have to wait for his holiness the high teleprompter to get back from his buttsmoochapalooza with his muzzy homeboys.
Eighteen year olds displaying backbone!
Others need to take notice.
Stand tall in your beliefs.
The left is anti-Christian, not anti-”religion”.
So, they wouldn’t raise much fuss when the Islamists demand rights of expression. In fact, they’ll probably blame the Christians for it.
The Lord is their shepard, they shall not want....
Wearing a big grin here!
The aclu gets money from the gov to bring cases to the court on behalf of the people.
The aclu will parish if that money is no longer pyed to them.
AMEN! AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!
Was one of yours there?
...This is just great!!!!
You are so right about this area of the country. The panhandle of Florida is the south and I just don’t feel like we southerners are going to put up with this s. Take a drive through south Alabama and the Florida panhandle and you can feeeeeel the independence, especially if you hit some of the backroads. And I don’t mean in a racist way for those of you who automatically are thinking KKK.
Anyone who thinks this is a violation of the 1st Amendment is a blithering imbecile.
You beat me to it! Yes, that is some HOPE I can believe in!!
Just how the hell did the aclu get the authority to charge anyone with anything.
Should we or should we not hope that any of them are headed for Notre Dame?
“And a child shall lead you.”
After this, NO ONE has any excuse for not fighting for our liberties.
A federal Judge should close this school immediately, arrest all of the students and faculty and jail them without bail on contempt charges. Letting them out on bail obviously won’t silence them and they are likely to break the law again. /s
A bunch of high school kids have more backbone and more concern over their rights than any of our “courageous” republican members of congress!!!
Good on ‘em! Need a whole lot more like this if we are to save this great nation.
“I SMELL BACON!!! “
Yeah, screw the Jews graduating in the class!!!! (/sarc)
God bless those students. They give me reason to believe that there’s still a spark of hope left in this country.
I think one of these kids was my nephew!
Good on ya, Chas!!!
These are the kids who will be fighting on OUR side during the coming civil war...
That’s the way to go. Student led. They can’t do a thing about it.
That’s the way to go. Student led. They can’t do a thing about it.
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