In the moronic tradition of recent years, Beaver High School in Beaver County, Pennsylvania decided to force religion from student speeches at graduation.
There has been a disturbing trend in schools all across America where administration officials have attempted to silence those who want to talk about their Christian faith.
Moriah Bridges, who was senior class president, had written a beautiful speech, giving credit where it was due.
Superintendent Dr. Carrie Rowe forced her to “remove all religious references” from the text of her address, including a sectarian prayer.
Moriah Bridges had the last word. and the audience went wild.
“I’ve always been a rule follower,” Bridges stated at the end of her speech. “When they said not to chew gum, I didn’t chew gum. When they said not to use your cellphone, I didn’t use my cellphone. But today, in the spirit of defying expectations, and for perhaps the last time at this podium, I say, ‘in the righteous name of Jesus Christ, Amen.’”
It took a lot of courage for Bridges to stand up and profess her faith after the administration had instructed her not to. This world could use a few more people like Bridges who aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe in.
Bridges then managed to silence the administration for 11 days. It took them that long to come up with a response to her act of defiance. You can read the full statement here.
As Superintendent, I took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and of this Commonwealth. The District’s solicitor has advised us that the law clearly states that prayer is not permitted at graduation ceremonies, even if it is
student-led. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2000 involving Sante Fe Independent School District held that school officials may not permit “a teacher, faculty member, member of the clergy, or student to deliver any sort of prayer, invocation,
or benediction at public school-sponsored events, including graduations.”
Yes, Superintendent Dr. Carrie Rowe, uphold the Constitution! Try that First Amendment which you failed to mention in your letter!
Dr. Rowe went on to say that the district received legal advice stating that prayers — even student-led prayers — are not permitted at graduation ceremonies. Rowe added, “I cannot choose which laws to follow.”
A conservative legal firm is accusing the Pennsylvania school district of “forcing a student to alter her personal graduation remarks to remove any religious viewpoint” — something that the First Liberty Institute said is a violation of the Constitution.
The law firm sent a letter to Beaver Area School District in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, detailing purported grievances.
Jeremy Dys, Deputy General Counsel for First Liberty, accused the school of teaching students to hide their religious beliefs in public and proclaiming that the district’s actions “fail the test of the First Amendment.”
“School districts need to remember that students retain their religious liberty as they walk through the schoolhouse gates and all the way through the graduation ceremony,” Dys said.
We could use a whole lot more people just like Moriah Bridges in this world. Kudos for her bravery and faith!
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