There are times in our lives when we just need to say, “Amen!”
I’ve been known to say it after a co-worker said, “Man, it’s a beautiful day outside!”
Also, I’ve heard people proclaim, “Amen!” when they’re watching a political debate on television and agree with the candidate’s sentiments.
When you’re suddenly told that you cannot say that word, there is a tense and uncertain pause.
Especially if you’re a high school teen graduating and you firmly believe in something, a belief you’re allowed to have, per the rules of our great nation.
But of course, in schools these days, religious freedom only seems to apply if you’re anything BUT a Christian.
“One Pennsylvania high school graduate defied the alleged orders of her school’s administrators, referring to ‘Jesus Christ’ after she claims she was told to scrub any reference to God from her commencement speech earlier this month.
According to the First Liberty Institute, the conservative law firm representing Moriah Bridges, the student was told by Superintendent Dr. Carrie Rowe that she had to ‘remove all religious references’ from the text of her commencement speech, Faithwire News reported.
First Liberty sent a letter to the Beaver Area School District in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, claiming Rowe infringed on Bridges’ constitutional rights by restricting her speech, which she delivered on June 2.
Bridges’ address was originally in the form of a prayer, in which she would have referred to God as her ‘Heavenly Father’ and ‘Lord.’
But when Bridges received the order from Rowe, she decided to change her address quite a bit, and the new version took some guts to deliver.
She expressed thanks for the ‘blessings’ she and her fellow classmates experienced at Beaver High School and thanked her parents and her many teachers, coaches, and mentors for their contributions over the years.
But it was a moment of defiance at the end of Bridges’ speech that garnered loud applause from the parents, friends, and fellow graduates gathered at the ceremony.
‘I’ve always been a rule follower,’ said Bridges, the senior class president. ‘When they said not to chew gum, I didn’t chew gum. When they said not to use your cellphone, I didn’t use my cellphone.
But today, in the spirit of defying expectations, and for perhaps the last time at this podium, I say in the righteous name of Jesus Christ, Amen.’”
Any time someone stands up for that which is actively being repressed, it’s a good thing.
Liberals should applaud this, right? If they’d just open their eyes, they’d see that Christians are being persecuted in our schools while Muslims are given special treatment at every turn.
Had a Muslim student wanted to invoke the name of Allah in her speech, would the school have DARED to stop her? Of course not.
Hence, this is precisely the kind of mini-rebellion America needs. And we need a lot more of it, too.