June 3, 2011
Federal Appeals Court Lifts Ban on Public Prayer at Texas High School Graduation After UproarTopics: Political News and commentaries
In a victory for religious freedom, a federal appeals court has lifted the order liberal federal judge and Clinton appointee Fred Biery, who had banned public prayer at a Texas high school graduation Saturday. The judge had made his ruling in agreement with the parents of one agnostic graduating student that religious expression during the ceremony at Medina Valley Independent School District would cause "irreparable harm" to their son.
Get that? "Irreparable harm"! An 18 year-old "child" will somehow be "irreparably damaged" if any prayer escapes anyone's lips during his high school commencement ceremony.
As you might expect, the reversal comes on the heels of a mountain of criticism and outrage from other parents and students. The judge hadn't just banned students and other speakers from using religious language in their speeches (among the banned words or phrases are "join in prayer," "bow their heads," "amen," and "prayer") ... he also ordered the district to remove the terms "invocation" and "benediction" from the printed graduation program - and ordered that the terms "shall be replaced with 'opening remarks' and 'closing remarks'." The Judge's order included censoring the speech of the valedictorian of the graduating class, Angela Hildebrand, a Catholic, who wished to say a prayer in her speech.
As suggested at Texas GOP Vote, think about this case next time you vote. Democrat Judges stand for Liberal ideas and Liberal Judges are appointed by Democrat Governors and Democrat Presidents. The Supreme Court Justices are also appointed from this very same pool of Liberal Judges by Liberal Presidents. Elections have severe consequences. Your Constitutional rights, including the right to freely express and practice your religious beliefs are always just a judge or an election away from being taken away.
However, looking at the bright side ... this time the system worked ... freedom reigned, and Angela can say her prayer.
Posted by Hyscience at June 3, 2011 7:31 PM
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