BROOKHAVEN, Miss.--It was indeed student-led prayer in Lincoln County Thursday. We got a photo Tweeted in of a prayer rally at West Lincoln Attendance Center. Students in the photo joining hands and we are told it was in protest of the ACLU saying faculty-led prayer must stop.
You've probably read comments already from Atwood that student-led prayer is alright with the ACLU.
"This is not about student-led prayer, this is about faculty and administration-led prayer," she told us Thursday. The group has said in a letter to the school that tghey have until Oct. 26 to address the prayers at athletic events and assemblies, plus the proselytizing that Atwood claims is happening at the school.
In our conversations with Superintendent Terry Brister, we learned that the ACLU has targeted other schools in the district. Brister said he would make sure the district is in compliance with the law, but would also make sure that the civil rights of his students and faculty were not violated.
Our SuperTalk Facebook page lit up when we posted the photo of the student rally. Here are some of the comments:
If people want to organize outside the bounds of school time, school property, and school personnel in their official capacity... that's just fine. Nobody is taking up issue with that. The issue is religious organization using school time, school property, and school personnel in their official capacity.
If its was another religious group wanting to practice their beliefs during school time and the school tried to stop them. The ACLU would be suing the school for violating their rights.
The ACLU is one of the major problems we facing in America today. We as christians need to stand up to this terrorist group and stop there trying to intimidate us. Bullying is against the law.
If the kids want to pray before or after a school event then it is there choice Its true teachers and parents can not leaded it and if you dont like it the less you can do is respect that they want to or just walk off up to you.
Just another example of what happens when we rely on government for everything. When they fund and regulate public schools you give up your civil liberties and you forfeit choice. States gladly give up anything they can for federal funding and it only makes up a small percent of their budget.