Arkansas school cancels graduation instead of prayer

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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. Full Story
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Jerry

Jonesboro, AR

#1 May 8, 2013
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.
Crazy

United States

#2 May 8, 2013
I can't believe this psycho called the ACLU!! Thanks for ruining everything lady!! And please "zeddy" don't post your b/s on this thread EVERYONE IS TIRED OF YOU!! You should totally be "revoked" from topix hahaha "revoked" sound familiar "zeddy"?!
Strel

Tallahassee, FL

#3 May 9, 2013
They made their choice, and chose to cancel graduation rather than abide by the law.

Sour grapes, but it's the kids who suffer and the school that made this choice.

The law is clear. School-SPONSORED prayer violates the Establishment clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

Students and parents and visitors - even teachers on their own time and in their own way - can pray all they like. That's Free Exercise.

But the school cannot sponsor the prayer. Period.
zeddy

Oklahoma City, OK

#4 May 9, 2013
Well said Strel.
Raktak

Oklahoma City, OK

#5 May 9, 2013
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.

“I am the great an powerful Ny!”

Since: Dec 06

Lebanon, PA

#6 May 9, 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.
That's it, if they don't agree with you they should be run out!

I seem to remember another kooky religion where the extremists take this same line...

“I am the great an powerful Ny!”

Since: Dec 06

Lebanon, PA

#7 May 9, 2013
Crazy wrote:
I can't believe this psycho called the ACLU!! Thanks for ruining everything lady!! And please "zeddy" don't post your b/s on this thread EVERYONE IS TIRED OF YOU!! You should totally be "revoked" from topix hahaha "revoked" sound familiar "zeddy"?!
That person did the right thing, the school did the wrong thing.
Raktak

Oklahoma City, OK

#8 May 9, 2013
llDayo wrote:
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That's it, if they don't agree with you they should be run out!
I seem to remember another kooky religion where the extremists take this same line...
No, what we should do is round up all the non-Christians and make them live in special areas of town! Out of sight out of mind! Or maybe we could mark their clothing so we know who we should treat well! And we could have a special secret section of police do the rounding up...
Riverside student

United States

#9 May 9, 2013
llDayo wrote:
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That person did the right thing, the school did the wrong thing.
its over why don't you guys find somewhere else to put you two cents in and leave us alone
zeddy

Oklahoma City, OK

#10 May 9, 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.
Rhonda, is that you?
Raktak

Oklahoma City, OK

#11 May 9, 2013
zeddy wrote:
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Rhonda, is that you?
Nope, I thought you were...
This is Easy

Grand Prairie, TX

#12 May 9, 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.
No Id move..
Raktak

Oklahoma City, OK

#13 May 9, 2013
This is Easy wrote:
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No Id move..
With what money? Where? What about your job? What if you had a child and this was all they knew? Would you really leave your family?

You gave a simple answer without actually thinking about the question. Its an emotional topic so I understand, but I'm sure if you take some time and think about it you'll understand its not that easy to "just move".
Cujo

Regina, Canada

#14 May 9, 2013
llDayo wrote:
<quoted text>
That's it, if they don't agree with you they should be run out!
I seem to remember another kooky religion where the extremists take this same line...
Yup, bigotry at it's best.
Strel

Tallahassee, FL

#15 May 9, 2013
"While parents understand that the district made the best decision it could at the time, she also decried the notion that rights would be taken away from Christian parents and afforded to non-believers."

Someone flunked American Civics again.

Why do these people always make the same misstatements of fact and law in these things?

“I am the great an powerful Ny!”

Since: Dec 06

Lebanon, PA

#16 May 9, 2013
Riverside student wrote:
<quoted text> its over why don't you guys find somewhere else to put you two cents in and leave us alone
I see Riverside is doing a great job teaching English at this school./sarcasm

About as well as they're teaching Civics...
Strel

Tallahassee, FL

#17 May 9, 2013
There are now three threads on this, and the loons are all over the place.
Shannon

Los Angeles, CA

#18 May 9, 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.
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!
Raktak

Trumann, AR

#19 May 9, 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!
Taken from Wikipedia
"The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that comprise the Bill of Rights."

Also, for the record, the pilgrims fled England believed the church of England was too corrupt to save and had a very strong hold on the monarchy. They wanted to two to be separate so the same thing didn't happen again.
Strel

Tallahassee, FL

#20 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!
And vice versa.

Get some education yourself.

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