Teen Won’t Be Silenced

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A Tennessee high school senior who finished at the top of her class is speaking out about what she calls religious censorship in schools.

Harpeth High School graduate Amelia Bivens was recently told by administrators to change her valedictorian speech because it included religious references.

When she stood before her classmates at their graduation, May 28, she delivered a revised speech — but made her feelings known about the school’s decision.

“As some of you may know, my original speech was censored for having mentioned my religious beliefs in God and quoting a Bible verse,” she said. “Thus, this addition was made after my revised speech was approved, and the school has no responsibility for what I say.”

“Friends, it is a sad day when we allow others to dictate what we may or may not say concerning our beliefs,” Bivens continued.

In March, the Cheatham County school district where Harpeth High is located settled a lawsuit over religious expression in schools with the American Civil Liberties Union.

The district agreed to stop allowing students to promote their religious beliefs in class or at school events.

Bivens told her classmates not to back down.

“Our beliefs will be challenged throughout our lives, so I encourage you to stand strong in your faith, whatever it may be,” she said. “Do not abandon your faiths and beliefs, for they make you who you are.”

After the speech, Bivens said she refused to back down fro something so important to her.

“I was not trying to draw attention to myself,” she said. “I just wanted to stand up for what’s right.”



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2 Responses to Teen Won’t Be Silenced

  1. PJ Gildernew says:

    I applaud this young lady for standing up for her convictions and willing to have at the very least an educational debate about the subject. Let us a nation not be bullied by the likes of radical fringe groups such as the ACLU and others like it. They intimidate others by twisting the law so it becomes perverse and then wields its power of attorneys with unlimited resources against those who do not have the same resources namely citizens of this great nation of ours. Whatever happened to listening and quietly disagreeing with another’s point of view? Why is this young lady’s words being censored what is wrong with what she is saying? If you do like or agree with, you don’t have to but don’t threaten law suits to settle simple disagreements like this. She is an individual delivering her words of wisdom and advice she does not represent the school or the US Government! If you are so persuaded to become a Christian because of her speech I’m sure you were going to convert anyway. WHY DO WE AS THE GENERAL PUBLIC ALLOW RADICALS TO PUSH US AROUND LIKE WE DON’T EXIST OR CARE?!? WE MUST TAKE A STAND, NOW OR FOREVER LOSE THIS COUNTRY!!! AND IT WILL BE OUR FAULT!!! We are not to be violent but question EVERYTHING and bring it into the light!! Go to the school board meetings, tell them what to do or elect new board members if they don’t listen. Write letters to the editors and tell the people what is going on and how we’re losing our moral clarity!!! Go off your butts and start to fight for what is right you know it in your hearts!!! God Speed.

  2. Lynn says:

    1 John 2:5-6,8, 14
    “But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked….the darkness is passing away and True Light is already shining…you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.”
    1John 4:4, 6
    “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because HE WHO IS IN YOU IS GREATER than he who is in the world…
    We are of GOD…”

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