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Graduates: We will not be silenced!
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Saturday, May 27, 2006 | Rev. Jerry Falwell

Posted on 05/27/2006 2:02:39 AM PDT by JohnHuang2

I wish I could have been there to witness it myself.

After Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. issued a restraining order barring Russell County (Ky.) High School and senior Megan Chapman from including prayer at the school's graduation ceremony, students decided to take matters in their own hands. (Miss Chapman was elected by students last fall as the senior class chaplain.)

In an act of protest to the court order issued just hours before the graduation, about 200 seniors spontaneously stood and began reciting the Lord's Prayer, prompting a standing ovation from a standing-room only crowd at the ceremony.

The student message: We will not be silenced.

The religious freedom organization Liberty Counsel, which is representing Miss Chapman, reported that thunderous applause drowned out the last part of the prayer.

"The revival-like atmosphere continued when senior Megan Chapman said in her opening remarks that God had guided her since childhood," Liberty Counsel reported. "Megan was interrupted repeatedly during her speech by the cheering crowd as she urged her classmates to trust in God as they go through life."

What an amazing scene. But it's a scene that never should have transpired because the court order, according to Liberty Counsel, is "invalid, wrong and limited."

"First, the court had no authority to order Megan to refrain from prayer as she was never made a party to the case," said Mathew Staver, the founder of the organization who is also the interim dean of the Liberty University School of Law. "Moreover, a temporary restraining order which restricts a person's speech cannot be issued without first providing the affected person notice and an opportunity to be heard. Second, the court order runs contrary to the best legal precedent established in Adler v. Duval County School Board, a case successfully litigated by Liberty Counsel. Finally, the order was limited because it only addressed prayer. It did not, nor could it, prohibit Megan from thanking God or sharing her religious viewpoint during her speech."

I never cease to be amazed at how activist judges and militant leftists are bent on forbidding even the most basic expressions of faith from the American landscape. In this case, students had voted, under no duress, to have Miss Chapman act as their chaplain. But because a couple of people express offense and bring in the ACLU, the entire class loses its right to have the graduation they wanted, solely because God and/or prayer was to be mentioned.

Mr. Staver noted, "It is a clear violation of the First Amendment to require a school to intentionally censor religious viewpoints of student speakers at graduation. Religious speech has just as much protection as secular speech. In fact, the First Amendment elevates religious expression to our first freedom."

I am pleased to partner with Liberty Counsel in the "Friend or Foe Graduation Prayer Campaign," which is designed to help students like those at Russell County High School to be able to pray if they so choose. Liberty Counsel, which is comprised of hundreds of affiliate attorneys in all 50 states, has offered its services to defend the school board and to work on behalf of Megan Chapman to protect her right to free speech against the ACLU's lawsuit.

Any students in America who face similar problems (or any type of religious-freedom problem) should immediately contact Liberty Counsel to receive pro bono legal help.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; aclu; falwell; freedomofspeech; graduation; russellcounty; suckonmyfreespeech; voluntaryprayer

1 posted on 05/27/2006 2:02:41 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2

A little late, but what the hell.

:::stands and applauds:::


2 posted on 05/27/2006 2:09:56 AM PDT by Reform4Bush
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To: JohnHuang2

Outstanding!


3 posted on 05/27/2006 2:17:18 AM PDT by Huntress (Possession really is nine tenths of the law.)
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To: JohnHuang2

May God continue to bless her!


4 posted on 05/27/2006 2:20:55 AM PDT by 13Sisters76
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To: JohnHuang2

God is good and should be thanked often. Amen. What a brave young women. Amen.


5 posted on 05/27/2006 2:27:19 AM PDT by gakrak ("A wise man's heart is his right hand, But a fool's heart is at his left" Eccl 10:2)
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To: JohnHuang2
GREAT story!

And kudos to these brave future leaders of America.

6 posted on 05/27/2006 2:42:25 AM PDT by Allegra (Finbar for Texas Governor!)
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To: JohnHuang2

Articles like this restore my faith in the youth of America. Our future is in good hands....


7 posted on 05/27/2006 2:53:19 AM PDT by dirtbiker (I've tried to see the liberal point of view, but I couldn't get my head that far up my a$$....)
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To: JohnHuang2

Bless her for her courage, and for those 200 or so young people who stood to recite the Lord's Prayer! It may very well have caused a few people to consider going back to church, or renew their former relationship with Christ! Amen!


8 posted on 05/27/2006 3:08:49 AM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: JohnHuang2

My goodness...what is this country coming to? Doesn't a student have free speech rights?
This kind of crap is just plain ridiculous!
Good for her and anybody else who gives their "own" speech.


9 posted on 05/27/2006 3:09:22 AM PDT by Cricket24 ("We have met the enemy and it's the U.S. press (and the democrats and some Republicans)!")
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To: JohnHuang2

Good catch.


10 posted on 05/27/2006 3:14:18 AM PDT by moneyrunner (I have not flattered its rank breath, nor bowed to its idolatries a patient knee.)
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To: JohnHuang2
"Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
"
11 posted on 05/27/2006 3:16:20 AM PDT by azhenfud (He who always is looking up seldom finds others' lost change.)
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To: JohnHuang2

Sweet music to the ears.


12 posted on 05/27/2006 3:17:50 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: JohnHuang2

For once, the majority was not silent.

The future looks a bit brighter, this morning. Thank you, Russell County High School Class of 2006.

May you always be as insightful and decisive.


13 posted on 05/27/2006 3:29:23 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon Liberty, it is essential to examine principles, - -)
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To: Cricket24

The growing conflict between believers and non-believers moves ever closer to outright combat. The battle lines are being drawn more clearly with every occasion such as this one. That's really what earthlife is about: the old battle between good and evil. That has never changed. Only the players change. Believers must be better soldiers. We need to take back our constitutional rights that have eroded over the years with the help of evil forces such as the ACLU, Democrats, some cowardly Republicans, atheists, liberals; even some fanatical conservatives. What will summon us to the final work of freedom?When will we finally declare "Enough!" and join together to save our country and our freedoms? For certain,we must not fight among ourselves over this religious doctrine or that. The distinguishing characteristic for all is simply believing there is a Supreme Being to whom we owe allegiance; who encourages us to use commonsense in all aspects of our lives. No fanatical unreasonable teachings or behavior. Just calm insistence on commonsense and freedom for all without injuring or curtailing another's freedom. Who wins the final battle is questionable. Whoever is the most passionate and dedicated to his/her belief or lack thereof. It is not set in stone that good will win at last. That depends on the strength and passion of the good soldiers.


14 posted on 05/27/2006 3:44:14 AM PDT by dimmer-rats stealvotes (Catching onto the FOX Fonies)
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To: Shery; kstewskis; Victoria Delsoul; Raquel; Kelly_2000; lysie; kassie; Miss Marple; ...
Outstanding!

What business does a judge have issuing a court order in regards to a commencement speech?

This is censorship.

God Bless those kids for doing a courageous thing, and for the parents who stood to give them a standing ovation.

15 posted on 05/27/2006 3:47:28 AM PDT by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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To: JohnHuang2

"about 200 seniors spontaneously stood and began reciting the Lord's Prayer, prompting a standing ovation from a standing-room only crowd at the ceremony."

It's a beautiful thing.


16 posted on 05/27/2006 3:51:57 AM PDT by Canedawg (In God We Trust)
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To: JohnHuang2

"For those who know WHY they believe WHAT they believe LEADERSHIP is inevitable."


17 posted on 05/27/2006 4:15:32 AM PDT by smartymarty
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To: JohnHuang2

These young grads have more backbone than most members of Congress.


18 posted on 05/27/2006 4:20:09 AM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: 6SJ7

True so true.

Also was just wondering. Is a student who prays or thanks GOD in a speech speaking for the school (government)?

NO!!!

The school is not an individual student, the student is not conveying the policy of the school.

The ACLU (All Criminals Love Us) (Allow Child Love Unfettered) organination should be OUTLAWED for abusing the system and getting OUR money when they win a case from judges who should be Impeached.


19 posted on 05/27/2006 4:28:46 AM PDT by Michael121 (An old soldier knows the truth. Only a Dead Soldier knows peace.)
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To: JohnHuang2

compare the courage of this young woman to that 'courage' of little miss jean rohe....


20 posted on 05/27/2006 5:20:16 AM PDT by Nightrider
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To: JohnHuang2
The student message: We will not be silenced

God Bless these wonderful young people!

21 posted on 05/27/2006 5:44:47 AM PDT by Gritty (The First Amendment offers no guarantee of a peaceful, unwounded inner child Mike Adams)
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To: smartymarty

Great quote! Is that yours? Can I repeat at will?


22 posted on 05/27/2006 6:38:09 AM PDT by Mrs. Shawnlaw (No NAIS! And the USDA can bugger off, too!)
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To: JohnHuang2

Everyone needs to flood their email and mailboxes with congratulatory letters! And possibly legal funds, but then maybe not!


23 posted on 05/27/2006 6:43:05 AM PDT by Mrs. Shawnlaw (No NAIS! And the USDA can bugger off, too!)
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To: JohnHuang2
Small town Kentuckians won't take that kind of Anti-Christian crapola from a PC judge at the behest of the traitorous ACLU.

You just gotta love the small town south and west, it's where the real America still lives.

24 posted on 05/27/2006 6:54:38 AM PDT by epow (Jesus is Lord)
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To: Mrs. Shawnlaw
All one has to do is defy the aclu and people who tell Americans what we can and can't do. The aclu can't have 200 plus million of us arrested and placed on trial. I'm proud of our young people. Our young people are taking this fight to the enemy, and our young people are winning.
25 posted on 05/27/2006 6:57:44 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Make them legal one more time. Yes this plan will work. <sarcasm>)
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To: JohnHuang2
In this case, students had voted, under no duress, to have Miss Chapman act as their chaplain. But because a couple of people express offense and bring in the ACLU, the entire class loses its right to have the graduation they wanted, solely because God and/or prayer was to be mentioned.
 
Why does this come to mind when I read anything like this?
 
The needs of the many outweigh the needs of a few... or the one?

26 posted on 05/27/2006 6:59:45 AM PDT by backinthefold (banoonie baloni?)
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To: epow

Here in VT we had a girl strip naked on the dais and give her graduation speech in the raw. Nobody stopped her.

sigh

I really live in the wrong place.


27 posted on 05/27/2006 7:01:13 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (The Stations of the Cross in Poetry ---> http://www.wayoftears.com)
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To: Straight Vermonter
I really live in the wrong place.

No, I think too many former MA, CN, and NY liberals now live in VT.

I had good neighbors when I lived in FL who were native VT and NH people. They were salt of the earth types who put me to shame with their American traditional values and common sense. If you VT and NH folks had built a high wall around your states 40 years ago and posted in with "NO MA LIBERALS ALLOWED" signs your young people might not be infected with the liberal disease.

28 posted on 05/27/2006 7:48:36 AM PDT by epow (Jesus is Lord)
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To: Straight Vermonter
"Here in VT we had a girl strip naked on the dais and give her graduation speech in the raw. Nobody stopped her. "

Surely you jest?

29 posted on 05/27/2006 8:07:30 AM PDT by OldEagle (May you live long enough to hear the legends of your own adventures.)
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To: dimmer-rats stealvotes
I pretty much agreed with everything you said except this:

Who wins the final battle is questionable.

The outcome is indisputable, Christ wins.

30 posted on 05/27/2006 8:15:08 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed Republicans with really stupid enemies.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Does it make you wonder what the world has come to when a pseudo-pastor of a psudo-church can claim freedom of speech to harass, interrupt & heckle at military funerals....

...but graduating seniors can't pray at their own ceremony....

..Where is their freedom of speech?

31 posted on 05/27/2006 4:45:26 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: OldEagle
Unfortunately not.
During graduation ceremonies seven years ago this week at a small private high school in Vermont, each of the 14 seniors was given a chance to address the assembled guests and speak for a few minutes on a topic of their choice. Most of the graduates chose the conventional topics of what they remembered most about high school, their plans for the future, and the obligatory litany of thanks to family, teachers and friends. A few of them even thanked God. This was before the Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for anyone to invoke God's name for anything at any time during a graduation ceremony unless of course somebody sneezes.

One of the graduates, a young woman whom we shall call Molly Smith, began her speech. At its beginning, Molly's speech was just like all the others. She spoke of how the school had challenged and inspired her individuality, and then, as she explained later, in her attempt to express the spirituality of her graduation, Molly tossed down her mortorboard, slipped out of her white graduation robe and completed her speech about truth, wisdom, confidence and the road less traveled—stark naked. Even though they were in Vermont, the audience of 200 went wild; then the local media went wild; and then the national media went wild. Molly was even invited to appear on the David Letterman show.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8318170/site/newsweek/
32 posted on 05/27/2006 6:06:26 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (The Stations of the Cross in Poetry ---> http://www.wayoftears.com)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Some in other places might not agree with that. They might want to come to Vermont.


33 posted on 05/27/2006 6:10:00 PM PDT by moog
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To: JohnHuang2

Russel Springs is a little wide place in the road but they grow them strong .


34 posted on 05/27/2006 7:18:50 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..)
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To: Mrs. Shawnlaw

The quote is not my original (wish it was). There was a fellow who led a workshop at NCHE conference (North Carolina Home Educators)a few years ago. He used as a resource a book about how the communists indoctrinated members into their party; only in this instance he applied principles from the book to home education. I no longer have the book nor remember his name (Davis??), but the quote I remember. Thanks.


35 posted on 05/28/2006 4:59:09 PM PDT by smartymarty
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To: Michael121

ACLU=American Communist Lawyers Union


36 posted on 05/28/2006 5:03:49 PM PDT by smartymarty
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