PA System Message About Prayer
Still another -- a high school principal in Eastern Tennessee -- chose
NOT to pray over the PA system, but instead used the opportunity to
the football fans that night why it is important that we SHOULD pray.
Mr. Jody McLoud, Principal of Roane County High School in Kingston,
TN, stepped to the microphone on Friday evening, September 1, 2000,
and spoke these words:
"It has always been the custom at Roane County High School football
games to say a prayer and play the National Anthem to honor God and
Country. Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, I am told that
saying a prayer is a violation of Federal Case Law.
As I understand the law at this time, I can use this public facility
to approve of sexual perversion and call it 'an alternate lifestyle,'
and if someone is offended, that's OK.
I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity by dispensing condoms and
calling it 'safe sex'. If someone is offended, that's OK.
I can even use this public facility to present the merits of killing
an unborn baby as a viable means of birth control. If someone is
offended, no problem.
I can designate a school day as earth day and involve students in
activities to religiously worship and praise the goddess, mother
earth, and call it 'ecology'.
I can use literature, videos, and presentations in the classroom that
depict people with strong, traditional, Christian convictions as
simple-minded and ignorant and call it 'enlightenment'.
However, if anyone uses this facility to honor God and ask Him to
bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, Federal Case Law
This appears to be at best, inconsistent, and at worst, diabolical.
Apparently we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone, except God
and His Commandments.
Nevertheless, as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and
students to abide by rules with which they do not necessarily agree.
For me to do otherwise would be at best, inconsistent, and at worst,
hypocritical. I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally. I
certainly do not need to add an intentional transgression.
For this reason, I shall 'Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's,'
and refrain from praying at this time. However, if you feel inspired
to honor, praise, and thank God, and ask Him in the name of Jesus to
bless this event, please feel free to do so. As far as I know, that's
not against the law -- yet."
Mr. Jody McLoud, Principal of Roane County High School, Kingston, TN (delivered over
the public address system at a football game on September 1, 2000)
Let's join in praying for the students and faculty of Roane County
High School and then let Mr. McLoud know that we are grateful for his
Mr. Jody McLoud, Principal
Roane County High School
540 West Cumberland Street
Kingston, Tennessee 37763
Phone: (423) 376-6534
[ By Jody Brown -- Editor, AgapePress, September 19, 2000 -- from Bill Dorman ]
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