Saturday, May 16, 2009

Thanking God at your Graduation

Each year as graduation ceremonies roll around, a repeated controversy erupts when valedictorians wish to speak up or express faith in these ceremonies. Secularists try to limit the expressions of faith or testimonies. We are wrong to take religious expression out of the public square; it is a violation of right to worship to deny public expression of religious sentiment, whether Ten Commandments at a courthouse or a valedictorian thanking God. In these below controversies, we should let the valedictorians express their faith if they see fit and not fall in the trap of thinking (as ACLU non-sensically claims) that it is 'establishment' of religion:

She knew her speech as valedictorian of Foothill High School would be cut short, but Brittany McComb was determined to tell her fellow graduates what was on her mind and in her heart.

But before she could get to the word in her speech that meant the most to her -- Christ -- her microphone went out.

The decision to cut short McComb's commencement speech Thursday at The Orleans drew jeers from the nearly 400 graduates and their families that went on for several minutes

However, Clark County School District officials and an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union said Friday that cutting McComb's mic was the right call. Graduation ceremonies are school-sponsored events, a stance supported by federal court rulings, and as such may include religious references but not proselytizing, they said.

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