Update 06/16/2010 Florida responds to the ACLU and Pace High School incident with a law protecting private prayer in public schools
Update 04/24/2010 ACLU in Santa Rosa County case against school prayer has no plaintiffs.
Update 12/11/2009 ACLU court order forced school clerk in Florida to hide in closet so she could pray with a fellow co-worker after loosing 2 year old son. -"Michelle Winkler broke down on the witness stand when she described how a coworker sought comfort from her after losing her two-year-old child. The two hid behind a closet door to pray, for fear they would be seen and held in contempt of the court order. Denise Gibson, an elementary teacher for 20 years, testified the order forces her to tell parents she cannot respond if they talk about church or their faith. She may not even respond to an email from a parent if it contains a Scripture verse or "God bless you."
Update 11/09/2009 Students Organize Football Game Prayers To Avoid Ban On School Doing So- "...since school officials cannot lead prayers, students have taken up the cause. At each home football game, students hand out cards with the words of the Lord's Prayer outside the stadium. Then ten minutes before game time, students hold up signs in the stadium asking fans to stand and recite the Lord's Prayer with them. Later, a voice over the PA system, will announce that the school did not organize or participate in the prayer..."
Update 10/15/2009 Santa Rosa students: “We want prayer back in our schools”-The Destin Log: “Some Santa Rosa County high school students are determined to keep Christianity in their schools and have asked residents to join them in public prayer at Friday night football games.”
Update 09/18/2009 ACLU looses in court again. Videos of congressmen and women speaking on the floor in support of prayer as ACLU looses yet another case in FLorida
Update 08/24/2009 ACLU looses in court. Michelle Winkler is cleared of civil contempt charge over her husband's prayer at an off-campus awards banquet. Case to continue on September 17 for Principle Frank Lay and Athletic Director Rovert Freeman. See Local News Story here.
Update 06/10/2009 link to audio of sermon by pastor in area near Pace High School who addressed this controversy in a sermon before the protest. A must listen to get a little more flavor as to why the protest.
Update 06/09/2009 found the below YouTube video of the event in part
Related: Video of local news report of Pace High School where students denied graduation speeches via ACLU
200 students and parents gather to pray in protest outside of Pace High School against an ACLU restriction of speech on public schools.
YouTube video of valedictorian's speech that was censored while speech was given. Watch students reaction...
See complaint filed in the courts against Butte High School in Montana for censoring Renee Griffith's valedictorian speech...
Police stop student led prayer during lunch time...
UCLA student has the proof posted that UCLA professor has prohibited her from saying "I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" in grad speech.
Another High School finds a way to pray after prayer was taken from graduation ceremony
The Liberty Counsel has this amazing report...
Students Rebel at Graduation Against the ACLU’s Bullying Tactics
Santa Rosa County, FL - Nearly 400 graduating seniors at Pace High School stood up in protest against the ACLU and recited the Lord’s Prayer during their graduation ceremony on Saturday. Many of the students also painted crosses on their graduation caps to make a statement of faith. This event follows a lawsuit the ACLU filed against the Santa Rosa County School District, claiming some of the teachers and administration endorsed religion. Liberty Counsel represents Pace High School Principal Frank Lay and school teacher Michelle Winkler.
The graduation prayer protest by the students was preceded by a lawsuit filed six months ago by the ACLU. The school district entered into a consent decree, which essentially bans all Santa Rosa County School District employees from engaging in prayer or religious activities. The ACLU alleges that during a dinner event held at Pace High School, Principal Lay asked the athletic director to bless the meal. In another incident, the ACLU alleges that Michelle Winkler’s husband, who is not a school board employee, offered prayer at an awards ceremony. Leading up to the graduation ceremony, the ACLU demanded the school to censor students from offering prayers or saying anything religious. The ACLU then charged Principal Lay and Ms. Winkler with contempt of court.
The students at Pace High School were furious with the ACLU hijacking their free speech rights and decided to take a stand at graduation. As soon as Principal Lay asked everyone to be seated at the ceremony, the graduating class remained standing and recited the Lord’s Prayer. The ACLU has not taken any legal action yet but has stated that something should have been done to stop the prayer.
Mathew D. Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, commented: “Neither students nor teachers shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate. The students at Pace High School refused to remain silent and were not about to be bullied by the ACLU. We have decided to represent faculty, staff and students of Pace High School, because the ACLU is clearly violating their First Amendment rights. Schools are not religion-free zones, and any attempt to make them so is unconstitutional.”
Here is a video posted at YouTube video of valedictorian's speech that was censored while speech was given. Watch students reaction... from a speech that was censored as speech was given.
Here is video of another recent case in Montana See complaint filed in the courts against Butte High School in Montana for censoring Renee Griffith's valedictorian speech...
Below in an episode of Speechless: Silencing the Christians Brittany is interviewed. And for more of what Big Media is not telling you watch trail of about 13 episodes of more of the same at Watch what Big Media is not telling about what is happening to free speech and religious liberties in America part 6.