Est. May 2008

08 May, 2013

“A Foolish, Ridiculous Response”

That was the analysis by Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United (an anti-religious-freedom group) to Riverside School District’s (Lake City, AR) decision to cancel their sixth grade graduation ceremony after another anti-religion group – the Freedom From Religion Foundation – ‘threatened to sue the school over a student-led graduation prayer’.

Oh, did I say that Americans United and the FFRF were ‘anti-religion’ groups?  My mistake – they’re anti-Christian-religion groups, since you don’t hear a peep out of these groups when it comes to public schools trying to ram Islam down the throats of the kids.

Now, as far as the cancellation is concerned, Superintendant Tommy Knight said that there’d been discussions ‘for the last several years’ over whether there should be sixth-grade graduations ceremonies at all – this lawsuit simply brought the problem to a head.

Note the typical modus operandi in this case:
The Freedom From Religion Foundation said they were acting on behalf of an unidentified, “concerned parent”. (emphasis mine)
One (an) unidentified (because, don’tchaknow, those nasty Christians will persecute this poor complainer) “concerned parent”.

Once again, the desires of the one outweigh the desires of the many.

Barry Lynn called the cancellation ‘a foolish, ridiculous response’:
“When a school system is told not to include one item and then they get angry and frustrated and stop the entire rest of the ceremony – that is a foolish, ridiculous response,” Lynn said. (emphasis mine)
Ah, so the word of the FFRF trumps all other considerations, does it?  The word of the FFRF is law regarding Christian religious expression – at least in the eyes of Mr. Lynn.

Here’s the thing that’s actually ‘a foolish, ridiculous response’:
“When the Constitution says you cannot have a prayer at a graduation, the answer is get rid of the prayer not get rid of the entire graduation for all of the children,” he said.
The day Barry Lynn and the FFRF can show where in the Constitution of the United States of America so much as a single sentence barring Christian (or any other) prayer from government-run establishments will be an interesting day indeed, since nowhere in that document can this idea be found.

Where does Mr. Lynn get his ideas from?  Well, most thinking people who’ve taken a look at the history behind the ‘separation of church and state’ issue realize the phrase was taken from a letter to the Danbury Baptists from Thomas Jefferson, in which Mr. Jefferson assured the Baptists that there would be a wall of separation to keep government from establishing a religion in the United States, which would allow all religions to publicly profess their faiths.

However, Mr. Lynn is kind enough to tell us where he places his anchor on this issue:
“It makes no difference how many families want prayer or wouldn’t be offended by prayer at their graduation ceremony,” wrote FFRF attorney Patrick Elliott. “The Supreme Court has settled this matter – school graduations must be secular to protect the freedom of conscience of all students.”
So a misguided decision by the Supreme Court over prayer in schools is Mr. Lynn’s foundation for his argument.

Okay.

Now, go back and look at those two sentences up there.  To ‘protect the freedom of conscience of all students’, the ‘freedom of conscience’ of some students needs to be dispensed with.

All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

Personally, I think Mr. Lynn is upset about the school’s cancellation of the ceremony because it actually jabs a stick in the eye of the FFRF and all the other anti-Christian groups out there; rather than genuflecting at FFRF’s altar and begging forgiveness for their ‘faux pas for imagining they could actually exercise their freedom of conscience, the district turned around and made the FFRF – and, by extension, Mr. Lynn and his Americans United – the oppressive bad-guys.

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