By A.M. Kisly
Principal and Athletic Director Face Criminal Charges for Prayer at Luncheon
What is this world coming to? Liberty Council has taken on the legal defense of a Florida High School Principal and Athletic Director. Both are facing criminal charges for saying a blessing over a meal at their booster club luncheon.
Criminal charges! For praying! Yes that what I said.
Satan has his minions in full battle mode. As of late, we have been engaging in a battle to protect the freedoms of our country. The freedom’s we enjoy are constantly under attack by those who hate God, hate Christianity, hate freedom, and hate you and me. These God haters hate America; they hate freedom and will go to any lengths to suppress freedom of religion and freedom of speech. History proves that our Nation was founded by Christian men and Christian principals. It is the 10 commandments in the Bible which govern our land. Perhaps these God haters would rather do away with the law as well.
Jesus told his disciples that they hated Him, and they will hate us as well.
We must continue to be alert, and aware of the ploys of our enemy, and we must continue to be engaged in the battle. It is not time to retreat but it is time to stand and fight. For far too long, Christian men and women have been lulled to sleep by the good life, which has left us exposed to the wiles of the devil. Whenever something would arise, we simply did not want to be bothered, after all someone else can fight those battles.
Well those days are gone. While we were playing and sleeping and having fun, Satan has taken over our government, our schools, our churches and even our family.
11And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
12The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Please keep these men in your prayers, that the gates of hell will not prevail against them.
Here’s the article:
Santa Rosa County, FL – Pace High School Principal Frank Lay and Athletic Director Robert Freeman are both facing criminal contempt charges for a prayer offered at a Field House Luncheon. The luncheon included former booster club members and other adults who helped the field house project. Liberty Counsel represents Principal Lay and Director Freeman in this case.
Last year the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Santa Rosa County School District, claiming that some of the teachers and administration “endorsed” religion. Rather than fight, the School District consented to the entry of an order that prohibited, among other things, all prayer at school-sponsored events. The School District then consented to a much broader order fashioned by the ACLU, which essentially bans all employees from engaging in prayer or religious activities, whether before, during, or after school hours. Without any legal argument, the federal district court in Pensacola, Florida, entered the Consent Order. The order unconstitutionally infringes on the rights of teachers, administrators, and students. Liberty Counsel filed a motion to intervene, on behalf of Christian Educators Association International, to challenge the overreaching order.
In the meantime, the ACLU began to go against individual employees. The ACLU complained to the court that Mr. Freeman and Mr. Lay offered a prayer to bless the meal served to consenting adults at the appreciation luncheon. Based on the ACLU’s allegations, U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers has now initiated criminal contempt proceedings and has referred Messrs. Lay and Freeman to the United States Attorney’s office for prosecution. The U.S.A. has accepted the assignment and is prosecuting Mr. Lay and Mr. Freeman criminally for the mealtime prayer. Trial is scheduled for September 17. If convicted, Mr. Lay and Mr. Freeman are subject to fines and imprisonment, yet neither willfully violated any orders of the court.
Mathew D. Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, commented: “It is a sad day in America when school officials are criminally prosecuted for a prayer over a meal. The Founders believed that religion and morality are the twin pillars of the Republic. Judeo-Christianity was taught in public schools, because such teaching was the foundation of liberty. George Washington said that whoever undermines the twin pillars of religion and morality cannot be called a ‘Patriot.’ It is outrageous and an offense to the First Amendment to punish a school official for a simple prayer.”