"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

High Schoolers slap down ACLU, fed judge

Some who read this blog occasionally accuse me of being knee-jerk pro-government. Not so. In fact, this story about a high school graduating class in Russell County, Kentucky warms my cold government-lawyer heart.

It seems that the usual valedictory prayer at this school's commencement exercizes would just have devastated an unnamed student, who procured the KY branch of the ACLU to respond by following that great American tradition, suing the school board. The ACLU, ever on the lookout for some offensive activity like a student uttering a prayer, obliged, and a federal judge as usual did his part by enjoing the school from such a clearly unconstitutional and anti-American activity.

Now the graduating seniors obviously missed the civics class where it says that when the ACLU and a federal judge say that prayer is forbidden in public, the proper response is to bow and scrape, and meekly obey.

Instead the seniors stood as one at the commencement and recited the Lord's Prayer, followed by a student's clearly unconstitutional and dangerous remarks that God had guided her since childhood.

No word yet on whether the judge will be ordering bench warrants issued for such contemptuous, outrageous, and subversive behavior.

Two of the dangerous offenders


Anonymous said...

While I admire your spunk, you are distorting the law on this subject. It shows that you have no idea what the Supreme Court has held and what the Supreme Court has argued. As an American, you have an obligation to read all court opinions before speaking about them (this is one effective way of combating terrorism). Therefore, these kids are hardly rebels. And you are still a knee-jerk pro-government types. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.)

First of all, the court’s order did not bind the students. Students, themselves, cannot physically do unconstitutional things. So, they were not risking being held in contempt. So, they are not being civilly disobedient.

Indeed, even when schools cooperate in the student’s offering of a prayer, the law is whether an objective observer would conclude that these students are speaking for the government entity. By your own admission, their spontaneous actions wouldn’t give that impression. This is the law from Santa Fe Ind. School District v. Doe (2000), and you probably should have addressed it.

So, these kids are hardly heros. They just did what they parents told them to. They are not risking criminal prosecution.

Anonymous said...

Since the injunction was directed at preventing the students offering prayers, I can't imagine how you conclude that the students were not bound by the judge's order.

Moreover, if the whole class prays, and the crowd cheers its approval, the school itself could be considered to be in violation by tacitly condoning this blaring breach of the constitution. Only private, non-disruptive praying at commencements is considered constitutional under relevant case law. The school should have cancelled the commencement and mailed the diplomas out to avoid offending the ACLU and the judge.

Anonymous said...

I don't think you read the injunction. It does not bind individual students, and they were not even a party to it, anyway. We are in an age of global terrorism, it is very important that true Americans read the texts to which they refer, otherwise the enemies of freedom have already won.