Should Prayer Be Banned At Public School Graduations?
This is something that comes up from time to time. Last week Federal Judge Fred Biery banned prayer at a High School Graduation. What’s even stranger is that it was Texas! You’d expect something like this in Massachusetts or California, but Texas?
Anyway, this article reports:
A federal judge has ordered a Texas school district to prohibit public prayer at a high school graduation ceremony.
Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery’s order against the Medina Valley Independent School District also forbids students from using specific religious words including “prayer” and “amen.” He also banned phrases like “join in prayer,” “bow their heads,”
He also ordered the school district to remove words like “invocation” and “benediction” from the graduation program.
The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by Christa and Danny Schultz. Their son is among those scheduled to participate in Saturday’s graduation ceremony. The judge declared that the Schultz family and their son would “suffer irreparable harm” if anyone prayed at the ceremony.
AHHHH….THE HORROR! Suffer irreparable harm? Are you kidding me! There’s worse things that hearing “amen” or “prayer” on primetime television or in your average pop-song found on any radio station, which I’m sure this family consumes. There you will likely here “damn” or “hell” or “ass”. You’ll probably find “loose and fast” sexual activity. Alcohol consumption will seem “normal” and “fun”–maybe even some drug experimentation. In fact, I saw part of a show last night in which a girl got an abortion. She was distraught but reasoned that it was at 6 weeks so “it wasn’t a baby yet.”
No biggie, right? All that crap is just fine. Just don’t say “amen.” That’s really unhealthy impressionable young adults.
It’s one thing to argue the point from a strictly “separation of church and state” basis, but to this whole psychological point is so ridiculous. It just shows how biased the judge is. He certainly fits the description of an “activist judge” based on his reasoning. Worse yet, he does a disservice to the legal system with reasoning like this.
It just reveals the animosity for religion that both these parents and the judge has.
I consider this a Free Speech and First Amendment issue. Sure, this may be a public school graduation ceremony, but certainly any student speaking deserves to have their own Civil Rights protected as well. In fact, and appellate court judge agrees with me. As of Friday, the decision was overturned.
Thank God inflicting irreparable harm is back on! Woops. Did I say that? Amen.