School principal gets smacked by ACLU for praying for his students

Today I received the following email from a mother whose son attends Walnut Hill Elementary/Middle School in Keithville, Louisiana.

She wrote, “I wanted to get in contact with you because this week my son’s school principal came under attack by the ACLU. A parent (who is not affiliated with the school) contacted the ACLU because they heard our principal was praying for the kids. The community is definitely standing strong and rallying by him. We are having prayer at the pole tomorrow at 10 am central time. I invite you all to please come help us show this is still the America that’s a nation under God!”

But not if the ACLU has anything to do with it.

Marjorie Esman, Executive Director of the ACLU in Louisiana writes that the job of the school principal is to teach and uphold, rather than violate the legal rights of all.

In her letter to the school superintendent, she says “It has been brought to the attention of the ACLU Foundation of Louisiana that (Walnut Hill) has engaged in a pattern of religious proselytization by sending messages to parents invoking prayer, and through a lengthy ‘Principal’s Message” on the school’s website.”

“This letter is to inform you that these messages violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and comparable provisions of the Louisiana Constitution, and they must stop immediately.”

Principal Albert Hardison had the gall to post this Principal’s Message on the school website entitled “Truly We are Blessed” which contains this apparently offensive language:

“On mornings when the sun is beaming or hidden, our student prayer group, “Hornets for Hope,” pray and give thanks to the Son of God for carrying our school over the thorns of negativity and the thistles of discord and setting it gently on the petals of harmony and the lily of tranquility. Our “Hornets for Hope” thank God for giving us a school that believes in God, family and education.”

Yep, them’s fightin’ words if you ask me, and must never be uttered in public lest they violate the legal rights of all.

The ACLU has urged the school to immediately remove all religious references from the school website, educate the staff regarding the Constitutional protections of students and staff from religious indoctrination, and tell the principal that neither he nor his staff may include religious references of ANY kind in school communications.

So, no Happy Easter for YOU kids.

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Aaron Brooks
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Because “protection from religious indoctrination” exists in the Constitution.[rolling my eyes]

Brendan
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The Constitution does not allow government to endorse a religious belief and force religion on people.

Daryl Watson
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You finally got it right. That’s all the constitution states. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Brendan
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Thank you for agreeing that the principal was wrong

Aaron Brooks
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While I believe your sentiment to be good, it’s not a correct reading of the first amendment. It says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” “respecting” is defined, in my 1828 Webster dictionary (oldest I have, it would be better if I had a 1790 dictionary) as “Regarding; having regard to; relating to.” An example is given, “But when we say ‘respecting a further appropriation of money, it is to be observed that the resources of the country are inadequate,’ respecting has reference to the whole subsequent clause or sentence.”… Read more »
Chaitealover
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You forgot the part about “the free exercise of religion.”

Brendan
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No, I didn’t.
As a private individual, he is free to talk to all his friends and promote his religion.
As a representative o a government institution, in an official capacity, sending out news letters to the public on behalf of that government institution, he is not

AR_Hacker
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so exactly who is it being forced upon? Last checked they do not force students to go to the pole, now days you can not even say the Pledge of Allegiance but good job following the Liberal talking Points like a good little lemming

Brendan
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Nice try kid.
This school principal is sending out news letters to parents, telling them to follow Christ for the sake of their children.

So you would have no problem if it was a muslim principal telling parents they had to follow Mohammed for the sake of their children?

henryknox
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Wow, what horrible things to say: “thank God for giving us a school that believes in God, family and education.” God, family and education are the antithesis of Progressivism.

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henryknox
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Why isn’t it the Un-ACLU?

Disqusdmnj
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Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, atheists, Jains, Hindus, etc, do not believe that Jesus is the messiah, savior, or son of God… and yet all of them are likely represented in that *public* school. God did not build the school, the city and state did, who represent people of all faiths. If it was a private religious school, no harm done. But since it’s public, and the non-inclusive prayer performed on the school website, it’s in violation of the Church/State clause. That’s all. Shouldn’t be too difficult a concept to follow.

Daryl Watson
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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” What does the church/state clause state?

Rena
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If they are going to attack the Christian, then they need to do the same for the Muslim. Yeah, I brought up Muslim again, because this shows what hypocrisy there is in this country and with the ACLU…

Paul Sheridan
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You got an example of a Muslim prayer on a public school web site?

Brendan
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They are not attacking Christians… and please show me where a Muslim principal is sending out newsletters, telling parents to follow in the ways of Mohammed for their children’s sake.

Rena
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“Majorie Esman. Executive Director of the ACLU, in lousianna writes that the job of the school principal is to teach and uphold, rather than to violate the legal rights of all” Then my suggestion to the ACLU is to go after those teachers who are promoting Islam in the schools as part of their curriculum, stop playing politics and trying to brainwash our children to become “progressive, socialist” and just teach. That is what they are being paid for, not Sunday school or political arenas. They can’t just attack Christians and then look the other way when its Muslims, Liberals,… Read more »
Brendan
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Actually what the ACLU said was…
“No school employee may tell a student what religion to practice or even
to practice religion at all, Nor may a school official
tell students or their families to teach any religious texts.”

Daryl Watson
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That’s not what the constitution says.

Brendan
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Actually, since the school is a public government run school and the principal is a public employee, he is prohibited from endorsing a religious belief in an official capacity as a representative of the government. As an individual, the school principal is free to put handbills in every mailbox, urging people to go to church, and he may sign his name to it. But while acting in an official capacity as principal, sending out official school newsletters telling parents to follow his religious beliefs is a form of the government endorsing and promoting a religious belief. There is a long… Read more »
Rena
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I hope you don’t mind, but I will answer all your posts here instead of addressing them one at a time… I do apologize for not reading any original statements, but what I said should stand, but it doesn’t seem to be that way when you have teachers pushing Islam as part of their curriculum. I no doubt believe you have seen the many examples of these in children’s homework assignments. When parents try to “opt out” of these assignments, they are told their children will not receive credit for it. For example, where they are teaching that “Allah is… Read more »
Daryl Watson
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Excellent post thank you.

Brendan
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The principal was sending out newsletters to parents, urging them to follow Christ for their children’s sake.

If it was a Muslim principal sending out news letters, urging parents to follow Mohammed for their children’s sake, would you be okay with that?

you keep saying that the ACLU is ignoring muslims doing the same thing… really?
Where?

Daryl Watson
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Gee I don’t know, but i will bet if you were to go to Dearborn Michigan you will find muslim principals doing the same if not worse.

Brendan
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False.
Show me a single example of a Muslim public school principal promoting his religion through the school.

you can not argue that there is a double standard and say it is unfair that Muslims are allowed to do something when it is not actually happening.

Stand_Down
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I wish the Christian community would grow a pair. Evil knows no mercy. The time for Christians to defend themselves is now. Before it’s to late. Time for a little Christian jihad for a change. Time to resurrect the Crusades.

Brendan
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defend from what?… The Constitution?

Daryl Watson
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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Brendan
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That is correct.
I think you are forgetting that this is a public school… a government institution and the principal is a government employee, endorsing and promoting a religion

cmsland
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I don’t know about another “crusade”, but we definitely need a revival…NOW!

Disqusdmnj
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Yeah, why don’t we *all* stand against another Crusade! ; )

jyearsley
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aaannnddd the Anti Christian Lawyer’s Union farts again….

Brian Chance
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Here is one instance of islam being forced on students. Nice try llibtard talking point. It’s not just a school it’s the book they’re teaching from.http://m.wftv.com/news/news/local/9-investigates-dad-protests-islamic-lessons-school/nj7Ny/

Brendan
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Nice try… but false.
Religion belongs in history class.
Students should learn about the impact of religions on history.
There is a difference between a school teaching students what different religions believed and what their influence on history was… and a school telling students what religion is true and they should follow.

If you can’t tell the difference, that’s your problem.

Teaching students the history of Islam is forcing students to practice Islam the same way that teaching about the early American colonies is forcing students to become Pilgrims.

Syberlink
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but Muslims can pray in school and giving the space and time to do it but if Christians want to take a one minute silent prayer, the ACLU sues them and kicks them out of school.

Brendan
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Muslims are not given any preference over christians in public schools.
Both are able to pray on their free time and neither is allowed to force others.

Daryl Watson
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OK so what is wrong with the group of christians praying before school? It is on their iwn time school has not started yet.

Brendan
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Nothing. There is nothing wrong with a group of Christian students getting together and praying before school.
That is not what the ACLU lawsuit is all about.

Syberlink
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Thats funny, these kids are on their own free time with a principle on his own time outside praying. Do you think for one second that if he was Islamic praying that anything would happen to him? Please show me “one” story where a Muslim was sued by the ACLU to keep Islam out of public schools.

Brendan
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You are confused about many things here. 1. You are certain of a double standard that does not exist because you think muslims would be treated differently in an imaginary scenario you made up. 2. You demand to see a news story about the Aclu suing a muslim principal for doing the same thing. That is absurd. No muslim principal has done the same thing. So you are demanding the ACLU sue for something that hasn’t happened. 3. You don’t see the difference between what students do and what a principal who works for the government does. 4. You have… Read more »
Daryl Watson
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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Brendan
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Exactly

Paul Sheridan
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I was with you when I read the part about the students having to recite the Shahada. That is definitely an unconstitutional imposition of religious doctrine. However, other students who were interviewed said they didn’t have to recite it. So all we have for sure is a world history class with a section on Islam which seems reasonable since it’s a major factor in the history of Central Asia not to mention the Crusades etc. Being exposed to ideas about Islam is not the same thing as forcing religious indoctrination. If it turns out that there was prayer or the… Read more »
Daryl Watson
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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Paul Sheridan
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That’s correct.

Paul Sheridan
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Here’s the rest of the message from the website. For some reason Allen didn’t think it would help his position to post the whole thing. “On mornings when the sun is beaming or hidden, our student prayer group, “Hornets for Hope”, pray and give thanks to the Son of God for carrying our school over the thorns of negativity and the thistles of discord and setting it gently on the petals of harmony and the lily of tranquility. Our “Hornets for Hope” thank God for giving us a school that believes in God, family, and education. We thank God for… Read more »
BobGuy
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I would be surprised if the ACLU were to make an issue of it as you state it. They would likely defend it… On the other hand, if it were a predominantly Islamic community, such as Dearborn, MI, I would expect an Islamic prayer message. In a predominantly Christian community I would expect a Christian message.

The First Amendment clearly states … What? What is overlooked by the Left when persecuting Christians is the phrase ” or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” in the part about religion…

Paul Sheridan
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I don’t think there’s anybody on the left or the right who would dispute this principals right to express his religious beliefs on his own website or on his own time. But he’s dong it through his role as a public school principal and that’s clearly a violation of the separation of church and state. And don’t bother telling me that those words don’t actually appear in the Constitution. I already know. However, it’s been a legal doctrine in this country since at least 1879 and it’s not going away. The simple fact of the matter is that the government… Read more »
Daryl Watson
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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Please tell me where it says “seperation of church and state”?

Paul Sheridan
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Jefferson’s metaphor of a wall of separation has been cited repeatedly by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Reynolds v. United States (1879) the Court wrote that Jefferson’s comments “may be accepted almost as an authoritative declaration of the scope and effect of the [First] Amendment.” In Everson v. Board of Education (1947), Justice Hugo Black wrote: “In the words of Thomas Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect a wall of separation between church and state.”

Cobalt-Blue
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As a former middle school basketball coach who was told by my principal that he was not even allowed to excuse himself and leave the room when the team prayed (I’m of a different faith) I can understand how some people would be concerned about this.

Lacarmenisha
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It’s getting harder and harder to be an effective teacher these days, and the ACLU thinks we’re going to do it without God? Where ever I go, God is there. I’ll not forsake Him for those poor souls that don’t know Him.

Brendan
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No one is stopping you from believing in God if you work in a public school

Ray Butler
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You’re not an American.

spent
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That is fantastic. I didn’t while teaching either.

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Kevin Higginbotham
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This is a side note, but for all of you who don’t believe in Christianity . . . you should be thankful for Christians and even non-believers who believed in a Creator God and lived accordingly. Did you know that your basic right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness comes from God? The God I and other Christians worship and pray to? It’s kinda funny actually that the very reason you are free to reject God in this country is because of God. Just food for thought.

John B
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I would tell the American Criminal Liberties Union to go frock themselves.

spent
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I live in Europe for now. I would appreciate thoughts and prayer about what state I should move to once I return. I know Ca. is out, for sure. Thanks

Lacarmenisha
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Praying for you, Spent.

Ray Butler
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The ACLU is an anti-American hate group ran by a group of miserable racist pricks who know nothing about civil rights. It’s time to shut it down, hard. It’s also time to shut the hateful, intolerant, hypocritical, narrow-minded, fascist liberals down too. I didn’t mind them until they became so hateful and fascist in nature. They won’t let anyone “live & let live” unless it’s totally their way. That just doesn’t suit real Americans.

Brendan
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You’re not a real American

lokiswife
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Why should anyone be surprised at what the American CRIMINAL Liberties Union has done? They stand against Christians, good people and those who believe in man/woman marriage…