The principal of Pace High School, Frank Lay, and
Athletic Director Robert Freeman are facing fines and imprisonment on
criminal contempt charges after violating a court injunction that
forbids prayers by administrators at school functions.
The group that polices thought and language, that attacks
individuals or organizations who they perceive to be intolerant because
someone’s civil liberties interferes with someone else’s….or something
like that….has been targeting this school.
Pace High School, locally known as “the Baptist
Academy”, has a long history of promoting a Christian ethos for its
students, where prayers during sporting events and other activities
were common. The Pace High School teachers’ handbook asks teachers to
“embrace every opportunity to inculcate, by precept and example, the
practice of every Christian virtue.”
In June this year 400 graduating seniors at Pace High School stood
up in protest against the ACLU instigated court order banning prayer
and recited the Lord’s Prayer during their graduation ceremony. Many of
the students also painted crosses on their graduation caps to make a
statement of faith.
Liberty Counsel, a Christian-based legal advocacy group, has filed a
motion to intervene on behalf of Christian Educators Association
International to challenge what it claims is an “overreaching” consent
order. “The order unconstitutionally infringes on the rights of
teachers, administrators, and students,” the non-profit litigation
“I have been defending religious freedom issues for 22 years, and
I’ve never had to defend somebody who has been charged criminally for
praying,” said Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.
Get used to it. The bully pulpit has been taken over.