Rutherford Institute to Defend Brittany McComb and Sue Nevada High School

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    by Jay on 06-25-06 @ 4:29 pm Filed under ACLU, Church And State, 1st Amendment, News
    Via The Rutherford Institute

    Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have agreed to represent a high school senior whose microphone was unplugged by school officials after she began to speak about her Christian beliefs during her valedictory address. When Foothill High School valedictorian Brittany McComb began reading a speech that contained Bible verses and references to God and her faith in Jesus Christ during her commencement speech on June 15, 2006, officials with the Clark County School District unplugged the microphone. Institute attorneys plan to file a First Amendment lawsuit against the school district for having violated Brittany’s constitutional right to free speech and equal protection under the law.

    “This is yet another example of a politically correct culture silencing Christians in order to not offend those of other beliefs,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “Brittany McComb worked hard to earn the right to address her classmates as valedictorian and she has a constitutional right-like any other student-to freely speak about the factors that contributed to her success, whether they be a supportive family, friends or her faith in Jesus Christ.”

    Isn’t it ironic that it was probably the fear of a lawsuit that prompted the school to censor Brittany’s speech in the first place? It is sad that our culture, including many Christians, have bought into the politically correct culture and allow this censorship to go on. It has gotten to the point that our First Amendment has been turned on its head by activist lawyers like the ACLU. This should be a clear cut case of violating the First Amendment, yet our culture has accepted the insane secularist theories that the First Amendment means the opposite of what it was intended to mean. The old cliche that it is “freedom OF religion not freedom FROM religion” are appropiate words of wisdom in our day and age.

    Rutherford Institute attorneys plan to file suit in federal district court in defense of Brittany’s First Amendment right to free speech and Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection under the law.

    http://stoptheaclu.com/archives/200...d-brittany-mccomb-and-sue-nevada-high-school/
     
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    As opposed to the commencement of, dang, whose son was it. I should probably go check the education forum, but what the hell. Yeah, there's that commencement speech where the principal ranted on Bush for a half hour.
     
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    Another frivolous lawsuit. Nowhere in the first amendment does it guarantee amplified speech or a captive audience.
     
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    A high school commencement speech is not a place for Jesus nor is it a place liberal activists. It's a time for everyone to unite under the fact that they've graduated, not to amplify religious or political differences.
     
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    She had every right to point out the how's and why's of why she was where she was at, the Valedictorion of her class, and that included her faith.

    Unplugging her microphone was just another shot fired in the war against Christianity.
     

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