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June 11, 2008
School silences one, but not the other
by Charlie Butts
A pro-family advocate believes school officials erred in their attempts to censor student speeches at graduation ceremonies in Park Township, Michigan.
Valedictorian Jed Grooters was warned not to make biblical references in his speech and complied, but class president Andrew Webster did cite scripture. Gary Glenn of the American Family Association of Michigan contends school attorneys were wrong in demanding separation of church and state, and he bases that belief on an appeals court ruling.
“‘The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state,” Glenn points out. “And the [court’s] decision went further and called the ACLU’s repeated references to the so-called separation of church and state as ‘extra-constitutional and tiresome,'” he notes.
6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals: http://www.afamichigan.org/2005/1…
Glenn explains that Webster “picked up the mantle” denied Grooters and referred to the Bible in his speech. Webster received a standing ovation at the conclusion of the speech.
“We are proud of these two high school seniors,” says Glenn. “[We are proud] for their commitment, their faithfulness to the Lord, and their unwillingness to be muzzled when it comes to testifying to the role [Jesus] has played in their lives.”
The Michigan family advocate believes Christian legal organizations are standing in line to help either student, if necessary.