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Real Answers™
Copyright: ©2011 William Cripe Sr.
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By: William Cripe Sr.

It happens every spring--A student in the good old land of the free and home of the brave is officially forbidden from exercising the 1st Amendment right of the exercise of religion.  Medina High School Valedictorian, Angela Hildebrand of San Antonio was prohibited from praying at her graduation service by District Judge Fred Biery who ruled that she could not mention God.  It seems the parents of another graduate said their son, who is an "agnostic," would experience "irreparable harm" if he were exposed to a prayer.

"Irreparable harm" if exposed to a prayer? Seriously?  I am stupefied that our public schools are allowed to indoctrinate our youngest citizens into the ways of homosexuality, destroying their innocence with gender confusion.  Children can be transported to a clinic and have their baby killed without parental consent, while bathrooms and locker rooms are gender-neutral, open to whatever sex a student believes himself, herself, itself to be.  And this is all thanks to the same judges who rule that selling video games to children cannot be regulated no matter how violent or obscene they might be then alternatively rule that prayer could do irreparable harm.  Standing goodness and virtue on end doesn't even begin to express it.  Jeremiah expresses the real warning in the Old Testament of the Bible saying, "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20)


Texas Gov. Rick Perry stepped in this time criticizing Judge Biery’s ruling as “reprehensible” and demonstrating “the increasing inappropriate federal encroachment into the lives of Americans …”

I'm no Constitutional scholar but it seems to me the Bill of Rights stipulates that United States citizens have freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion.  So either we are a nation of law, with the authoritative document called the Constitution being the defining document, or we are not.  More and more judges seem to be unilaterally declaring that we are not. 

Never-the-less, through the usual unceasing, legal posturing, an emergency appeal was granted allowing Angela to pray.  That of course is not the end of it.  The lawsuit now proceeds.

Since the Constitution is still our governing document, judges, senators, representatives, president's and anyone else who just doesn't quite understand that, should not simply be opposed through the arduous, expensive, and never-ending court battles, they should be ignored.  As for the agnostic student who might be "irreparably harmed?"  His family chose--freely I might add--not to attend the graduation. This is as it should be; everyone exercising their right of association.  It's a win--win situation for all this time.  But as long as we allow this trampling of the Constitution to continue, perhaps next time, the gag order will remain. 


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