DAY 22: Neptune High School

You know what has really irritated me this last week? The story about Neptune High School, the ACLU, and how ridiculous the modern interpretation of the First Amendment really is. If you need information regarding the story, check it out at this link: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/05/17/aclu-threatens-legal-action-nj-high-school-amendment-dispute/

The ACLU is ludicrous. The people who think that the First Amendment and the Separation of Church and State support what they’re doing here are crazy! Perhaps they ought to actually read the Constitution themselves:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Hmm. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF.” Why does

A picture of the auditorium in Ocean Grove, where students from Neptune High School graduate

the ACLU think that the Constitution gives them the right to abridge freedom of religion? How does the First Amendment support them in this debate?

American Civil Liberties Union. I’ve never heard something more ironic in my entire life. That’s almost funny, actually. Civil Liberties? I hope they’re joking; really, I do.

One more thing:

The Separation of Church and State was proposed by some of the Founding Fathers when the Constitution was written, but it was never included in the Constitution. Read it all the way through. You won’t find it there. Trust me; I’ve been through the entire thing, and not a word was spoken about it.

You won’t see it in the Declaration of Independence, either. It doesn’t exist in any governing legal document. The ignorance of the ACLU and everyone who uses the Separation of Church and State is so egregiously ridiculous that I want to slam my head against a wall, slump down in a corner, and cry myself to sleep.

And what has the agreement been in this affair?

1. People will enter through the side door during the graduation, so as to not be offended by the cross hanging above the main entrance.

2. Most (or all) Christian hymns will be removed from the ceremony.

3. The student-led prayer will be removed from the proceedings.

4. Both the Christian signs (“Holiest to the Lord” and “So Be Ye Holy”) will be covered with school banners during the ceremony.

**Pulls hair out 

All because one person was offended. Now everyone has to suffer. One of my favorite ways to describe it?

It’s not “freedom from religion”, it’s “freedom of religion”.

**Pulls hair out

In Christ,

Ryan

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1 Comment

  1. May 27, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Good post. I for one would like to see your opinions on such matters more often.

    Thomas Jefferson contemplated it in a letter to the Danbury Baptists Association, but as you have said, I have never actually seen the term in any governing law documents.

    The first amendment was meant to assure that there would be no State religion (like the Church of England) that would cause any persecution amongst religions.

    It seems that some people want a particular meaning (separation of church and state) and a particular WORDING, even if it isn’t there. Instead of the first amendment being able to be used AGAINST the church that this graduation is being held at, it should be able to DEFEND the church (by their wish to not take the cross and other spiritual traditions from the ceremony).

    I see it as this: I think the law is such that it cannot stop any religion from taking part of the ceremony. If Muslims, Hindus, and Cannibals wanted to practice there religion at the graduation, I believe that they could (except maybe for cannibalistic religions). The whole point of it is NOT censoring religion.


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