Skip to comments.Students Rebel at Graduation Against the ACLU’s 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. ;-)
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