She earned it; let her say her prayer

This is statism run amok. Some poor girl wants to say a prayer at her graduation – and she’s the valedictorian of her school – and it’s her graduation. And let her do it. What is the harm? If someone doesn’t like the prayer they can sit still and listen to a moment of repose by someone else. No one ever suffered because a prayer was said by someone. The young lady is whom she is. Let her be. That some judge has to rule on this is nuts. That someone took it to court is nuttier. Saying a prayer by a person – even if she says it to everyone – is not going to destroy anyone’s life or make them a Christian of whatever brand this lady is. The whole thing just bothers me.

And because this is akin to a gay kid wanting to take a fellow to the prom I must be for both. The right of an individual to be themselves trumps the right of someone who doesn’t like that sort of being – whatever it is. No one has the right to say “you can’t say this, because I don’t like it.” If you don’t like it, you don’t have to listen. I’ve never listened to Rush Limbaugh, but I don’t care what he says. And I like to say whatever I want to say – and I don’t care if anyone likes it. And so, I wonder, what is the complainant’s beef? He or she didn’t like what someone else said. Aw. Too bad. No, I must come down on the side of the student – for prayer or a guy date for a guy at a prom. This is individuals – not the state.

The state isn’t giving the valedictorian speech, the student who earned the honor is. There’s a difference.

Here’s the story from Yahoo :

>>Valedictorian fights judge’s ban on graduation prayer


By Jim Forsyth – Thu Jun 2, 5:44 pm ET

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The valedictorian of a high school in a San Antonio suburb where a judge has banned formal prayers at graduation ceremonies on Saturday is fighting for an opportunity to lead the crowd in prayer.

On Thursday, the North Texas-based Liberty Institute, a nonprofit that describes itself as seeking to limit government and promote Judeo-Christian values, filed a lawsuit on behalf of the valedictorian of Castroville’s Medina Valley High School, Angela Hildenbrand.

“After all that I’ve been taught about the freedoms of speech, expression and religion in our country, I am disappointed that my liberties are being infringed upon by this court’s ruling to censor my speech,” Hildenbrand said at a press conference at the Alamo.

U.S. District Judge Fred Biery ruled on Tuesday that the Medina Valley School District may not proceed with plans to include an invocation or benediction at the ceremony, saying that doing so would make it sound like the school is “sponsoring a religion.”

He said student speakers may reference God in their remarks.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Wednesday asked a federal appeals court to overturn the order.

“This is part of an ongoing attempt to purge God from the public setting, while at the same time demanding from the court increased yielding to all things agnostic and atheistic,” Abbott said.

He said Congress begins each session with a prayer to God, and Biery’s ruling would allow a student to “bend over in honor of Mecca,” but not lead a prayer to the Christian God.

The case has been seized by both sides in the ongoing debate over references to religion in schools and in public places.

The judge’s ruling followed a lawsuit against the district by agnostics Christa and Danny Schultz saying their son might not take part in graduation if he were forced to participate in religious activities.

Ayesha Kahn, an attorney for Americans United for Church and State, which represents the Schultzes, said earlier this week that the district “has been flouting the law for decades.”

But some residents of the town of about 3,000 about 20 miles west of San Antonio, which still strongly retains the flavor of the French Catholics who founded it in the 1850s, object to halting the community tradition of invocation at graduation.

“My best friend last year said the prayer, and it was really cool that my best friend, who I have known since I was three years old, said the prayer, and now it turns out that she may be the last one to ever say the prayer at Medina Valley,” Kelsey Johnson, who graduated from the high school last year, told Reuters.

(Editing by Corrie MacLaggan and Jerry Norton)

>> Let the young lady speak her mind, and forever hold your peace. Geez, is everything a problem? Must everyone decide what everyone else will say? Let the young lady do as she pleases and the world will go on, I’m sure. And if the agnostic’s son didn’t want to listen to the prayer he should have been the valedictorian himself and said what he wanted to.

But it does remind me of a marquee I once saw in front of an Alabama high school – “As long as there are exams there will be prayer in schools.”

And if  she gets to say her prayer, or “reference” God, whatever that is — pray for rain — we haven’t had any in six weeks.



1 Comment

  1. ted

    Enshrined here is the “right to not be offended”.

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