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Students Rebel at Graduation Against the ACLUís Bullying Tactics (Grads recite Lord's Prayer)
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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 Lord’s 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 Winkler’s 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 Lord’s 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.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; 2009commencements; aclu; christianstudents; constitution; freedomofreligion; graduation; highereducation; lawsuit; libertycounsel; lord; schoolboard; tolerantleft; voluntaryprayer
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1 posted on 06/04/2009 12:52:37 PM PDT by greatdefender
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To: greatdefender

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.


2 posted on 06/04/2009 12:54:36 PM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: greatdefender

Three cheers for the students. God Bless them.


3 posted on 06/04/2009 12:55:18 PM PDT by mom-7
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To: greatdefender

Sick and tired of the ACLU and their fellow-traverlers telling the rest of us how to live.


4 posted on 06/04/2009 12:56:08 PM PDT by kjo
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To: greatdefender

God Bless them one and all. (The Students, not the ACLU)


5 posted on 06/04/2009 12:56:56 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: greatdefender
Remember when the ACLU tried to strong-arm students of some graduating class to keep them from praying? The valedictorian stood up for his speech, sneezed, and the rest of the students stood up and yelled, "GOD BLESS YOU!!"

I love it when the young people fight the power, stand up to the pig....ACLU, I SMELL BACON!!!

6 posted on 06/04/2009 12:57:36 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople
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To: greatdefender

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.


7 posted on 06/04/2009 12:57:44 PM PDT by suthener
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To: greatdefender

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!)


8 posted on 06/04/2009 12:59:02 PM PDT by blu (Last one out of Michigan, please turn off the lights.)
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To: suthener

Viva La Resistance !!!!


9 posted on 06/04/2009 12:59:13 PM PDT by ak267
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To: greatdefender

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!


10 posted on 06/04/2009 1:00:28 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: greatdefender; Mrs. B.S. Roberts

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.


11 posted on 06/04/2009 1:00:35 PM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: We print the news as it fits our Views)
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To: greatdefender

FU ACLU


12 posted on 06/04/2009 1:00:46 PM PDT by Sig Sauer P220 (The great object is that every man be armed. - Patrick Henry)
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To: Hiskid; Blogger; Irish Rose; alpha-8-25-02; wendelmyer; Kitty Mittens; STARWISE

AWESOME GOOD NEWS! GOD BLESS THEM ALL!


13 posted on 06/04/2009 1:00:58 PM PDT by Faith
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To: greatdefender

Love it.


14 posted on 06/04/2009 1:01:21 PM PDT by trtdenver
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To: greatdefender

The federal government did not rush into action and build a mas detention center on the spot?


15 posted on 06/04/2009 1:01:59 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <----go there now,----> tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: greatdefender
Way to go, Grads!

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
16 posted on 06/04/2009 1:02:49 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: ak267
Resistance:

17 posted on 06/04/2009 1:02:51 PM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: greatdefender

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.


18 posted on 06/04/2009 1:03:51 PM PDT by Sloth (The Second Amendment is the ultimate "term limit.")
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To: greatdefender

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.


19 posted on 06/04/2009 1:04:20 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: greatdefender

Good job, students! Remember, never trust the ACLU or anyone over 30. ;-)


20 posted on 06/04/2009 1:05:20 PM PDT by joejm65
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To: greatdefender

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?


21 posted on 06/04/2009 1:05:53 PM PDT by brooklyn dave (First Atlas Shrugged, now he's screaming his a$$ off.)
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To: mom-7

***Three cheers for the students. God Bless them****

A much better group than those who graduated Notre dame screaming “Yes, we can.”


22 posted on 06/04/2009 1:06:00 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: greatdefender

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.


23 posted on 06/04/2009 1:06:15 PM PDT by DogBarkTree (Support The American Tea Party)
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To: Venturer

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.


24 posted on 06/04/2009 1:08:28 PM PDT by brooklyn dave (First Atlas Shrugged, now he's screaming his a$$ off.)
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To: greatdefender

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.


25 posted on 06/04/2009 1:08:45 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: GeronL

LOL. They have to wait for his holiness the high teleprompter to get back from his buttsmoochapalooza with his muzzy homeboys.


26 posted on 06/04/2009 1:09:42 PM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: greatdefender

OOORAH!

Eighteen year olds displaying backbone!

Others need to take notice.

Stand tall in your beliefs.


27 posted on 06/04/2009 1:11:03 PM PDT by devistate one four (Back by popular demand: America love or leave it (GTFOOMC) TET68)
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To: brooklyn dave

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.


28 posted on 06/04/2009 1:12:06 PM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: greatdefender

The Lord is their shepard, they shall not want....


29 posted on 06/04/2009 1:12:35 PM PDT by wolfcreek (KMTA!)
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To: Quix

Wearing a big grin here!


30 posted on 06/04/2009 1:14:44 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (BG x 2)
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To: MrB

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.


31 posted on 06/04/2009 1:15:54 PM PDT by devistate one four (Back by popular demand: America love or leave it (GTFOOMC) TET68)
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To: Brad's Gramma

AMEN! AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

YEA GOD!

YEA STUDENTS!

Was one of yours there?


32 posted on 06/04/2009 1:21:49 PM PDT by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: stylecouncilor; windcliff

Prayerful ping.

...This is just great!!!!


33 posted on 06/04/2009 1:22:27 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: windcliff; onedoug

Woo-hoo ping!


34 posted on 06/04/2009 1:23:17 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (The black man is keeping me down!)
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To: suthener

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.


35 posted on 06/04/2009 1:23:34 PM PDT by kcat
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To: greatdefender
The ACLU alleges that during a dinner event held at Pace High School, Principal Lay asked the athletic director to bless the meal.

Anyone who thinks this is a violation of the 1st Amendment is a blithering imbecile.

36 posted on 06/04/2009 1:25:34 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: onedoug

You beat me to it! Yes, that is some HOPE I can believe in!!


37 posted on 06/04/2009 1:27:08 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (The black man is keeping me down!)
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To: greatdefender
The ACLU then charged Principal Lay and Ms. Winkler with contempt of court.

Just how the hell did the aclu get the authority to charge anyone with anything.

38 posted on 06/04/2009 1:28:13 PM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: greatdefender

Should we or should we not hope that any of them are headed for Notre Dame?


39 posted on 06/04/2009 1:28:24 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism, it's the new black.)
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To: greatdefender

“And a child shall lead you.”

After this, NO ONE has any excuse for not fighting for our liberties.


40 posted on 06/04/2009 1:32:46 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners.)
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To: greatdefender

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


41 posted on 06/04/2009 1:32:56 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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To: greatdefender

A bunch of high school kids have more backbone and more concern over their rights than any of our “courageous” republican members of congress!!!


42 posted on 06/04/2009 1:35:28 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: greatdefender

Good on ‘em! Need a whole lot more like this if we are to save this great nation.


43 posted on 06/04/2009 1:36:26 PM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: MuttTheHoople

“I SMELL BACON!!! “
____________

Yeah, screw the Jews graduating in the class!!!! (/sarc)


44 posted on 06/04/2009 1:36:33 PM PDT by awake-n-angry
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To: greatdefender

God bless those students. They give me reason to believe that there’s still a spark of hope left in this country.


45 posted on 06/04/2009 1:38:52 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (When you put Democrats in charge, stupid things happen)
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To: greatdefender

WOW!!!!
I think one of these kids was my nephew!

Good on ya, Chas!!!


46 posted on 06/04/2009 1:43:51 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: Oldpuppymax
Ya find a way to sully this positive story by dragging the incessant anti-GOP rant into it?

You're twisted.

47 posted on 06/04/2009 1:55:27 PM PDT by Cedric
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To: netmilsmom

These are the kids who will be fighting on OUR side during the coming civil war...


48 posted on 06/04/2009 1:57:49 PM PDT by I Buried My Guns (B.L.O.A.T. !)
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To: greatdefender

That’s the way to go. Student led. They can’t do a thing about it.


49 posted on 06/04/2009 1:58:19 PM PDT by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: greatdefender

That’s the way to go. Student led. They can’t do a thing about it.


50 posted on 06/04/2009 1:58:53 PM PDT by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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