More Persecution of the Christian Minority, Part 5: School Censors God from Graduation Speech

Posted: November 9, 2014 in religion
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In a snippet from Fox “news,” WND headlined on July 13, 2014, “School: We Have a Right to Ban God.”

That’s a very misleading headline. Schools actually may not restrict freedom of religious speech by students except in cases where it disrupts normal daily activities or when it is done to a captive audience. School graduation ceremonies are considered captive audiences, and every court ruling has agreed that religion must be left out of graduation speeches because of that.

But every year, some student thinking that they’re doing a good job standing up for their beliefs tries to violate the law. Often, they get away with that. Which is sad on many levels: Remember, graduation speeches are usually given by the valedictorian – the top of the class academically – but that student is beginning their post-high school life by flagrantly and blatantly violating the law. They should be smarter than that, and they should have better morals than that.

In this case, the school district was totally in the right:

Attorneys representing the Brawley Union High School District have written a 10-page letter defending the school’s right not only to censor graduation speeches, but also to ban any speech that references God or Jesus.

“It is well established in the Ninth Circuit and California that a public school salutatorian has no constitutional right to lead a prayer or include sectarian or proselytizing content in his/her graduation speech,” reads a letter from the San Diego law firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud and Romo.

Unfortunately, most of the 280 comments don’t understand this.

And, at the risk of sounding like a WND commenter, if this speech had included a reference to Allah or Vishnu or any of the thousands of other greater and lesser deities, it’s these very same commenters who would be up in arms if the school let it go through, and they would be absolutely silent if the school censored it.

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