Intolerant Atheists And The Judges Who Overrule The First Amendment For Them

by John Hawkins | June 3, 2011 5:32 am

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.

So some intolerant, Christian-hating atheists got a bee in their bonnets over the idea that Christians might mention God at a high school graduation and as a result, a judge who cares nothing about the Constitution decided to abuse his power and prohibit Christians free exercise of religion because he thinks he can get away with it[1].

A federal judge has ordered a Texas school district to prohibit public prayer at a high school graduation ceremony.

Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery’s order against the Medina Valley Independent School District also forbids students from using specific religious words including “prayer” and “amen.”

The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by Christa and Danny Schultz. Their son is among those scheduled to participate in Saturday’s graduation ceremony. The judge declared that the Schultz family and their son would “suffer irreparable harm” if anyone prayed at the ceremony.

…Judge Biery’s ruling banned students and other speakers from using religious language in their speeches. Among the banned words or phrases are: “join in prayer,” “bow their heads,” “amen,” and “prayer.”

He also ordered the school district to remove the terms “invocation” and “benediction” from the graduation program.

“These terms shall be replaced with ‘opening remarks’ and ‘closing remarks,’” the judge’s order stated. His ruling also prohibits anyone from saying, “in [a deity’s name] we pray.”

Should a student violate the order, school district officials could find themselves in legal trouble. Judge Biery ordered that his ruling be “enforced by incarceration or other sanctions for contempt of Court if not obeyed by District official (sic) and their agents.”

The Texas attorney general called the ruling unconstitutional and a blatant attack from those who do not believe in God — “attempts by atheists and agnostics to use courts to eliminate from the public landscape any and all references to God whatsoever.”

“This is the challenge we are dealing with here,” he said. “(It’s) an ongoing attempt to purge God from the public setting while at the same time demanding from the courts an increased yielding to all things atheist and agnostic.”

If Biery can be impeached, recalled, or removed from the bench for that ruling, he should be removed. I’d also add that what the Schultz family is doing is nothing less than a hate-filled, intolerant, and disgusting attack on Christians and it should be treated that way by any Christians who know them.

PS: For whatever it’s worth, I’ll try to raise money and encourage others to do so for any Christian who breaks that judge’s order at the graduation ceremony. What he’s ordering is unconstitutional, immoral, and an attempt to silence Christianity. It shouldn’t stand.

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