Arkansas school cancels graduation in...

Arkansas school cancels graduation instead of prayer

There are 46 comments on the Examiner.com story from May 8, 2013, titled Arkansas school cancels graduation instead of prayer. In it, Examiner.com reports that:

The Riverside School district in Lake City, Arkansas , was given a choice. Either drop their illegal prayer from a graduation ceremony or face legal action.

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Cujo

Leask, Canada

#21 May 10, 2013
Shannon wrote:
<quoted text>Seperation of church and state is not in the constitution. It's an idea of our forefathers~to prevent the government from controling the church! get some education!
Speaking of education, who taught you this drivel? Somebody named Shannon needs to go back to school.
Guest

Mountain Home, AR

#22 May 10, 2013
For what purpose do we need to say a prayer at graduation???
What does prayer have to do with it??

SIR LANCELOT

“I just hate stupid people”

Since: Apr 07

DEEP SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

#24 May 10, 2013
The ACLU along with the ADL and the SPLC are left-wing terrorist organizations who's sole purpose is the destruction of western culture in the United States and the identity and heritage of white Europeans.
Strel

Tallahassee, FL

#25 May 10, 2013
SIR LANCELOT wrote:
The ACLU along with the ADL and the SPLC are left-wing terrorist organizations who's sole purpose is the destruction of western culture in the United States and the identity and heritage of white Europeans.
So you don't understand the difference between liberal and libertarian. It's OK, most other idiots don't get it either.

Thanks also for the tidbit at the end, wherein we get a glimpse of what your motivations are really all about.
FYI

Blytheville, AR

#26 May 10, 2013
RHONDA= Zeddy, Strel and Raktak.....she loves attention
Strel

Tallahassee, FL

#27 May 10, 2013
FYI wrote:
RHONDA= Zeddy, Strel and Raktak.....she loves attention
Wow she must be an ace hacker to spoof all those IP locations.

<rollseyes>
FYI

Blytheville, AR

#28 May 10, 2013
No not really strange that was your only comment though. Thats easy if you know how to do it.
zeddy

Brookland, AR

#29 May 10, 2013
Flattering, but I'm not quite as articulate as Strel has been in these topics.

It might be scary to think more than one person might not agree with you, but I promise that you'll persevere.
FYI

Blytheville, AR

#30 May 10, 2013
LOL thank you zeddy I think you just proved my point.....comment all you want I have had it with this crap
zeddy

Brookland, AR

#31 May 10, 2013
I'm not terribly sure you know what definition of proof is...
Guest

Mountain Home, AR

#32 May 10, 2013
How would you like it if I came to church tapped a keg and turned on the football game.
Ther is a place and time for everything!!!
LOL

Wharton, TX

#33 May 10, 2013
Jerry wrote:
It's sad these children have to lose school graduation because the school leaders won't stand up for GOD. I honor those having it else where ,but they should get together and run the ones against prayer out of their school and out of their town.
What about people who pray but are a different religion? Are you in favor of running them out of town too? Out of the country?

I'm sure you proudly call yourself a true patriot!
Amen

Manila, AR

#34 May 10, 2013
Tonight was GREAT!!!!!!! So proud of them SR.. Keep praying!!!!
Research

Jonesboro, AR

#35 May 10, 2013
It is NOT against the law UNLESS a school official does it. Graduations are allowed to have an opening prayer and benediction if: the prayer doesn't exceed 2 minutes,someone other than a school official says the prayer, and the prayer cannot be monitored by a teacher or school official. Research it. It is legal to pray at graduation.
Guest

Mountain Home, AR

#36 May 11, 2013
Research wrote:
It is NOT against the law UNLESS a school official does it. Graduations are allowed to have an opening prayer and benediction if: the prayer doesn't exceed 2 minutes,someone other than a school official says the prayer, and the prayer cannot be monitored by a teacher or school official. Research it. It is legal to pray at graduation.
Your nuts!!
April Davis

La Vergne, TN

#37 May 11, 2013
Raktak wrote:
We have MANY debates going on in this county, this should not be one.
There's a clear call for separation between church and state so everyone could be equal. To be honest, this is a long time over due. The hypocritical people who do whatever they want Mon-Sat but believe spending an hour on Sunday reading a book allows them to pass judgement on everyone else is silly. If you make up about 70% of the country, its hard to call that you're being oppressed. In reality, you've been oppressing the minority of this town and they are rightfully fighting back.
If you were in a town that was 90% Jewish would you be fine with them ignoring your faith every time a social event occured? I highly doubt it.
You can't ask that church and state be separate, and then ask a judge or court to decide on the matter!! You can't have it both ways just when it suits YOU! Its either separate or it isn't. Truth is it can never really be separate.
Justme

Wharton, TX

#38 May 11, 2013
April Davis wrote:
<quoted text>
You can't ask that church and state be separate, and then ask a judge or court to decide on the matter!! You can't have it both ways just when it suits YOU! Its either separate or it isn't. Truth is it can never really be separate.
Huh?
Yes religion can and should be left out of government. Notice no one is saying Christianity should be left out. All religion should be left out. There's a huge difference. I guess when you believe your religion is the only religion practiced (or at least it should be) all logic and reason goes out the window.

When the courts make rulings on religion it isn't having it both ways. They are not injecting their religious views. They make rulings based on the constitution. Again, huge difference.

I'm not against public prayer. I am against government Endoecing any one religion because I am for all religions.

The thing I find most disturbing is the blatant disregard of the law, the twisting of the constitution to fit your religious beliefs, the belief that only Chrustians have morals and everyone else is somehow not entitled to basic rights or to be parents, suggesting nonbelievers leave or be ran out of town, and all the other hateful comments.

Not everyone shares the same religious beliefs and are protected under the First Amendment. No one is trying to take away anyone's religious freedoms or take your God.

Relax people. Most people who want separation of church and state will be the first to defend your right to worship if that were actually being threatened!
Strel

Tallahassee, FL

#39 May 13, 2013
April Davis wrote:
<quoted text>
You can't ask that church and state be separate, and then ask a judge or court to decide on the matter!! You can't have it both ways just when it suits YOU! Its either separate or it isn't. Truth is it can never really be separate.
Not only can it be asked, it is the law.
Happens every day, and we do have it both ways.
Truth is you don't have any idea what you are talking about.
wondering

Jonesboro, AR

#40 May 13, 2013
If it is against the law to have prayer at school functions how can BIC have Baccularette services?
Strel

Tallahassee, FL

#41 May 13, 2013
wondering wrote:
If it is against the law to have prayer at school functions how can BIC have Baccularette services?
Is BIC a private institution?

This law does not apply to private institutions.

And has been explained ad nauseam, it is school sponsorship of the prayer that is the problem.

Students can pray all they like. It just cannot be sponsored by a PUBLIC school.

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