I never thought I’d live to see the day when Americans would be put in jail for praying.
[T]wo school officials are facing criminal charges for offering mealtime prayers at an appreciation dinner for adults who had helped with a school field house project. Principal Frank Lay and athletic director Robert Freeman are scheduled to go on trial next month (September) on criminal contempt charges. If convicted, both are subject to fines and imprisonment.
Go to prison for praying? You’ve got to be kidding me!
The story starts in August of last year, when the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and the ACLU of Florida filed a lawsuit on behalf of two Pace High School students who “alleged that school officials regularly promoted religion and led prayers at school events”.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Santa Rosa County (Pensacola) School District, charging the school officials with committing widespread violations of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The ACLU got the District to agree to an order that essentially “bans all employees from engaging in prayer or religious activities, whether before, during, or after school hours.” Without any legal argument, the federal district court in Pensacola, Florida, entered the Consent Order.
Matt Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, who has appeared on Huckabee and other news outlets this past week, is representing the two administrators, and will argue that the court order prohibiting prayer at school-related events violated Lay's and Freeman's constitutional rights. Staver has announced that Lay and Freeman could be fined $5000 and face six months in jail, and with over 70 years collectively as administrators, could lose their retirement.
As Staver states so accurately, “it is outrageous to punish a school official with potential jail time for simply praying”. It’s one thing to restrict teachers from proselytizing while at work and on school grounds, but it is totally ludicrous to say they can’t pray! It violates the First Amendment, which states, 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof'"
It’s not enough that school prayer was banned from our public schools back in 1963, that we’ve taken down the Ten Commandments from our judicial buildings, parks, and other places, and that we no longer call our holidays (days of religious festival) by their real names representing their origins, Christmas is now Winter Break, and Easter is Spring Break, the ACLU wants more!
The ACLU continually targets Christianity and currently wants to tear down the large white cross that is part of the Mojave Desert Veterans' Memorial, placed there by The Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1934 in memory of those who fought and died in World War I, yet the ACLU defended the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) and its website, a group that advocates sex between men and boys and whose goal is to "end the oppression of men and boys who have mutually consensual relationships". NAMBLA became the target of a lawsuit when a viewer of their website attempted to molest then brutally murdered a 10-year-old boy on October 1, 1997.Just knowing about this website gives me the creeps and to be honest, I only uncovered this story as I wrote this article; I didn’t view their website because I would really lose my mind, but I do know it still exists. That being said, the fact that the ACLU would side with NAMBLA’s right to free speech, in spite of what they are advocating and promoting just shows the depravity of their code and in the midst of such brutality makes it that much more pathetic. And this “liberty fighting” group wants to put school administrators in jail for praying – are you kidding me?