Anti-Religious Assault on Graduations


High school graduation is an exciting and memorable event for most students. They have passed their tests and they are commencing a new life. It’s no wonder that many of the students want to thank God for His help in getting them through the trials and tribulations of their high school years. But anti-religious groups seem determined to spoil graduation, claiming it is a violation of so-called separation of church and state, for any student speaker, such as the Valedictorian, to publicly thank God for His help in getting the kid through those stressful years. So, again and again, the anti-religious litigating groups, such as the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, seek out supremacist judges who agree with them, and file lawsuits to ban the Valedictorian from saying any sort of prayer.

One of the most ridiculous examples of this anti-religious nonsense took place at last year’s graduation at Medina Valley High School in Texas. The parents of an agnostic senior filed a lawsuit, with the help of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, asking the court to ban any student-led invocation and benediction at graduation ceremonies. U.S. District Judge Fred Biery of San Antonio agreed with them, and granted an emergency court order that banned all public prayer at the ceremony. Students were instructed not to ask for a group prayer, or ask the audience to bow their heads, or use terms such as “amen,” or mention “Invocation,” or “benediction” on the printed program.

This stirred up a political firestorm the week before the graduation, Fortunately. due to the speedy work of conservative lawyers and pronouncements of Texas public officials, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Judge Biery’s ruling in time for the graduation. The ceremony turned out to be a lively event, with plenty of loud Amens coming from the audience.

Contributing Editor, Phyllis Schlafly, is the Founder and President of Eagle Forum.

Used with the permission of Eagle Forum.

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