Prayer Banned at Texas Graduation: Welcome to New America!
It seems that Texas has recently become a battleground featuring an epic struggle between the federal government and those who still hold onto the ideals of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Yet, it really hasn't been much of a fight after all. Texas caved in when threatened with a shutdown of its airspace if it passed an anti-groping law designed to keep TSA employees from touching the genitals of 80-year old women and small children.
I suspect that the Texas of yesteryear would have at least called the government's bluff, but Texas is not what it used to be and neither is America. In any event, the new front in this battle to destroy liberty is the recent judicial ruling which prohibits (by force of arrest) prayer at a school graduation. Americans have tolerated this outrageous interpretation of the First Amendment for far too long, yet our pusillanimity in the face of totalitarianism, and our lack of a basic understanding of our own founding documents, has left us defenseless.
Those who seek to destroy religious freedom cite the following clause of the First Amendment to justify their actions: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." However, they always conveniently leave out the second part: "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Essentially, the government cannot prohibit citizens from expressing their religious beliefs. That the government has ordered the school to avoid using words such as "amen," "prayer," and "benediction" under the threat of imprisonment should send shockwaves not only through the great state of Texas but across the country.
Yet, we have become so conditioned to having the government usurp our rights that our response to such egregious violations amounts to a whimper. There is a marked difference between government endorsing one religion over another and allowing its citizens to freely express their religious views. Let us hope (and pray, if that is still permissible) that the good people of Texas hold their ground and force the government's hand on yet another attempt to destroy one of the last bastions of liberty in this country.