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?
The ACLU labels themselves as “the nation’s guardian of liberty,” working to defend and preserve individual rights. However, their crusade to destroy Christianity is just part of a bigger picture, and the roots of this powerful organization should be divulged. The ACLU was founded in the 1920’s by Roger Baldwin, a socialist, and Crystal Eastman, described as a progressive and "the perfect feminist." Baldwin was quoted, laying out the goals of the ACLU, "I am for socialism, disarmament, and ultimately, for abolishing the state itself… I seek social ownership of property, the abolition of the properties class, and sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal."
Anyone who has followed the destructive path of the ACLU can see that they are not about defending our Constitution, but more about bending it to fit their political world view. Although many members and lawyers would say they aren't communist today, the foundation of communism does influence the way they look at things, and thus impacts their fight and motives behind “defending and preserving individual rights” in the name of so-called justice.
Don’t forget that the ACLU also is known for attacking the traditional foundation of the family in our society. This is why they fight against parental notification of abortions, school choice, and the parent's role in educating their children, and much more.
I shouldn’t be too shocked, because our society accepts an NFL player back into the game of football to make millions after he led a dog fighting racket and brutally slaughtered and tortured innocent animals with his bare hands, yet only served 19 months in jail. A Florida judge permittted an alleged child molester with a criminal record to go to Disney World, while some judges have actually allowed convicted child molesters to walk away with probation and treatment. Iin a 2006 case, Judge Edward Cashman sentenced a child molester, who had sexually molested 6-year-old girl over a four year period, to only 60 days in jail.
Less violent, but still intrusive and more relevant to this story, are the liberal professors like Ward Churchill, Rosalyn Kahn, and Andrew Hallam who only get a slap on the wrist when they try to force their liberal beliefs (for some politics is their religion) on others, use their power to refuse academic credit to those who don’t espouse their political views, and demean and bully their students for being Republicans. Where’s the ACLU’s protection of our college students’ right to learn in a peaceful and unbiased environment?
Now the ACLU wants to put these two hard-working, dedicated school administrators in jail for praying over a meal and the courts are going along with it. Is this America? Sounds more like a news story you would find coming from Iran or the Taliban.
This is a slippery slope, my friends, pretty soon we’ll find the ACLU on our doorsteps trying to make it illegal to pray in our own homes and at our place of worship! I love my country, She is the land of the free, but it is the God in whom I believe who gave me free will so that I can make the choice whether I want to pray or not – something the ACLU can never take away.