Allen B. West

U.S. War on Christians: High school student barred from mentioning Jesus in graduation speech

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Liberal progressives like to say there is a “War on Women” but there is a real war in America the Left is waging which is a “War on Christians” and the Judeo-Christian faith heritage of America.

Many fall upon the phrase “separation of church and state,” yet they cannot refer to that premise as established in any of our founding documents; the Declaration of Independence or U.S. Constitution. It’s not even mentioned in the Federalist Papers, which formed the philosophical basis for our Constitutional Republic.

The concept of separation of church and state was presented in a letter by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury (CT) Baptist Convention. It advocated that we should not have in America a head of state who was also the head of the church, ala King Henry VIII of England. The letter also advanced the first amendment right of freedom of religion and the free exercise thereof, but not the establishment of a national religion.

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However, over time, due to our collective lack of knowledge, liberal progressive socialists have used “separation of church and state” to separate America from its faith heritage in their march towards creation of a secular humanist state. And as sheep being led to the slaughter, we Christians have allowed them to have success, legally and culturally.

And here is the latest example of such insanity by the Left, coming from Brawley California, a town I happened to visit in May during the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.

According to Fox News, the Brawley Union School District said the references to Jesus and prayer in student Brooks Hamby’s graduation speech were “inappropriate” and violated “prevailing legal standards.” School officials rejected three versions of the young man’s graduation address, and one administrator went so far as to redact every religious reference with a black marker – as if it were some sort of top-secret government document.

The response from the school district read, “The first and second draft speeches proposed oppose government case law and are a violation of the Constitution. The district is advising you that reference to religious content is inappropriate and that the two drafts provided will not be allowed.”

You mean to tell me that this young man doesn’t possess the first amendment right to his “free exercise of religion?” So how long before we will be told you cannot speak of God and Jesus Christ in the public square? How did these individuals find this young man in violation of our Constitution?

Let me expose the hypocrisy of liberal progressives. Young Brooks Hamby, an American, is in violation of our Constitution — but young people here illegally are perfectly fine. As a matter of fact, they are “dreamers.” What is happening in America?

So the 18-year-old Christian, who is Stanford University bound, did what any red-blooded, Constitution-loving American would do – he defied school officials and thanked God anyway. “I didn’t want to compromise my faith,” Brooks said. “I wasn’t interested in removing every trace of God or Jesus. I wasn’t interested in conforming to those demands. I did not want to compromise my values. I didn’t want to water down the message.”

The first draft of his speech was written in the form of a prayer. “Heavenly Father, in all times, let us always be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven us.” Brooks was called to the front office, where he was advised by a counselor that the speech had been rejected. So he began writing a second draft that he turned in later that day. That draft referenced the school’s censorship of his original speech. “Certain interpretations of the law, school policies and conditions have stifled my ability to speak freely to you this evening and prohibited me from doing otherwise,” he wrote. “However, if I could pray with you this evening, I would say something along these lines.”

Last Thursday morning, just hours before graduation, Brooks and his parents were summoned to a meeting with the principal. The Hambys were given a notice from the district advising them that if their son “interjects religious content, the sound will be cut off, and a disclaimer to the entire audience must be made explaining the district’s position.” The District Superintendent rejected Brooks’ third draft, time was running down — and so what did the young man do? Here are his words:

“In simply coming before you today, I presented three drafts of my speech – all of them denied on account of my desire to share my personal thoughts and inspiration to you in my Christian faith,” he told his fellow graduates in the fourth version of his speech. “In life, you will be told no. In life, you will be asked to do things that you have no desire to do. In life, you will be asked to do things that violate your conscience and your desire to do what is right.” “May the God of the Bible bless each and every one of you every day in the rest of your lives,” he said.

Brooks Hamby exemplifies that which is great about America — and Americans — principled defiance. In a day when his faith was challenged, he stood. Brooks set an example for others to follow. The question is, will you? Or will you allow the intimidation and coercion of liberal progressives to rule the day, as opposed to the liberty and freedom granted to us by the rule of law?

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