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Religious freedom in Santa Rosa County, FL

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Kudos to the students and administrators of Pace High School in Pace, FL! At the Class of 2009’s graduation ceremonies on 4 June, the entire graduating class stood together and recited the Lord’s Prayer; some even taped crosses to the tops of their graduation caps. This was in defiance of a lawsuit filed earlier this year by the ACLU, claiming that school teachers and administrators had “endorsed religion” by allowing students to pray in school.

An ACLU attorney was quoted saying, “Our feeling is that it’s regrettable that the students took over the ceremony to impose their religious views on the audience who may not have shared the same religious views. School officials have a responsibility to protect the silently held religious views of others.” In response, Principal Frank Lay refused to forbid the graduation prayer, even at the risk of his job with the school.

Since when is praying aloud imposing your religious views on someone else? Is the listener harmed simply by virtue of having heard a prayer? Were the non-participating audience members penalized for not praying or believing as the students did?

The ACLU seems to have forgotten that there are two equally important portions of the First Amendment’s establishment clause: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” By suing the school (on whose behalf, by the way?) it appears that in their attempt to enforce the First Amendment, the ACLU is actually attempting to deny students’ and faculty members’ right to freely exercise their religious belief.

I hope it doesn’t offend anybody to know that I will be praying for Principal Lay and the staff of Pace High School, and thanking God for their moral courage in this situation.

Racism by any other name

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Really, Judge Sotomayor? “A wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

Let’s turn the tables for a moment, shall we? If a white person implied that he “would reach a better conclusion” on a judiciary matter than someone of another race, based solely on their differing races, would we not call that racism? Quite certainly so. But when a minority makes that assertion, it is not racism? Then what is it? The dictionary defines racism as “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement.”

So again I say, really, Judge Sotomayor? Sounds like racism to me.

One-sided criticism of George Tiller’s murder

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The recent murder of late-term abortion doctor George Tiller has me saddened, but also a little confused. I pray for his family and loved ones in this tragic time, and I certainly do not think any killing in the name of the pro-life movement makes any sense whatsoever.

My confusion, however, stems from the fact that many public figures have been quick to denounce this “heinous and violent” act (to quote President Obama), but fail to denounce the equally heinous and violent act Dr. Tiller committed every time he aborted a baby. This demonstrates, even without a direct statement, exactly where the president stands in light of the unborn. Despite his pro-life claims, he seems to be saying that while the murder of a fully developed human being is heinous and violent (which it is), the murder of less-than-fully developed infants is…something else?