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June 3, 2011
Judge Threatens Jail Time for Referring to God at Graduation Ceremony
Posted by Dave Blount at June 3, 2011 9:10 AM
You know soft tyranny is transitioning to hard when a judge threatens jail time for acknowledging God:
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.
Evidently Junior would be reduced to a bubbling puddle of mucopurulent putrescence, like Christopher Lee at the end of a vampire movie, if he were exposed to any reference to God.
As usual, one moonbat barks and our rulers have a pretext to bring down the boom on everyone else.
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."
As Leonardo da Vinci observed, "It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end." For progressive oligarchs to be taking their power lust this far, we are clearly well past the beginning. But for now we can still fight back without disappearing into gulags, so we had better roll up our sleeves before it's too late.
On tips from J and Bob Roberts.