Lord, cause people of faith to take action on important issues such as keeping traditional prayer and Godly principles in schools and in this nation.
Lord’s Prayer recital draws spirited crowd
Gathering a response to suit threat over Sevier commission custom
By Robert Wilson
Monday, April 19, 2010
SEVIERVILLE – There was a tent-revival feel in the atmosphere Monday evening as an estimated 500 people heeded the call to gather at the historic Sevier County Courthouse to show their disdain for a threatened lawsuit aimed at ending the County Commission practice of reciting the Lord’s Prayer to open its regular meetings.
They came in cars, trucks and church buses to join the event, which started as not much more than a pastor’s suggestion but mushroomed into a full-blown gospel happening complete with prayers shouted to the heavens and spontaneous singing of hymns.
School Pushes For Dismissal Of Prayer Challenge
Senior Wants To Stop Prayer At Graduation
GREENWOOD, Ind. — A central Indiana school district is pushing for the dismissal of a lawsuit that looks to prevent prayer at high school graduation.In papers filed in federal court, attorneys for the Greenwood Community School Corporation ask that the case be thrown out, and that the student behind the challenge pay the district’s legal fees and expenses, 6News’ Rafael Sanchez reported.Eric Workman, 18, a top-ranked senior at Greenwood High School, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana have asked a federal judge to stop a student-led prayer that the senior class voted to approve, claiming the prayer and class vote unconstitutionally subjects students to religious practice.
Update: Senate panel approves watered-down school prayer bill
Stripped of its controversial references to prayer, a Senate bill that protects school faculty free-speech rights is more likely to move forward.
The House has acted on its version, but amended it as well to delete specific references to “inspirational message” and “school prayer.” The Senate version, sponsored by Sen. Stephen Wise, had not previously had a committee hearing with less than two weeks to go in the legislative session.
Rep. Greg Evers, a Baker Republican, was one of the sponsors in the House. He has said a consent decree signed by the Santa Rosa County School District and the ACLU restricts teacher’s rights. Teachers, coaches and former students at schools in the Panhandle district said the agreement, struck after the ACLU filed suit, meant they couldn’t pray with students even if the students initiated the prayer.
At House hearings after the compromise language was adopted, civil libertarians and some parents still opposed the legislation.
1 p.m. update
With blistering criticism for civil libertarians and some harsh words about the “overreaching” religious climate in Northwest Florida schools, a Senate panel on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a watered-down school prayer bill.
The bill is a response to a 2008 lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union against Santa Rosa schools, one that eventually led to a consent order and the veteran principal of Pace High School facing contempt charges.
The bill would prohibit school districts in the future from entering into an agreement, “that infringes or waives the rights or freedoms afforded to instructional personnel, school staff, or students by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
Brunswick commissioners keep traditional prayer
The suggestion by a Brunswick County commissioner that the board replace the traditional prayer with a moment of silence to start its meetings generated a lot of noise – even from folks outside that county.
The commissioner, Charles Warren, said that Christians should be sensitive to people of other faiths.
Well, here’s what some of you had to say about that on the WECT Facebook fan page.
I guess I just don’t want to live in a county that has outgrown God.
Prayer has been taken out of everything these days…that offends me as a Christian!!!!
Only a handful of people took an opposing view, like Amanda:
I applaud Mr. Warren for recognizing that not everyone is a Christian and also for having the courage to say something about it.
But my personal favorite is the comment from Barbara:
That commissioner needs to pray that he’ll get reelected.
I’ve heard the saying that prayer changes things, but in this case it sounds like prayer might have kept things the same. The Brunswick County Commissioners voted Monday night to keep the traditional prayer to open their meetings.