It was on this day, twenty-four years ago, that a High School Principal in America spoke from the heart to her whole school community and her words reverberated across the nation and around the world. The Principal was Jody McLoud and the school was Roane County High School in Kingston, Tennessee.
I wanted to share this with you today as I believe it serves as a stark warning to our nation as we seem to be travelling the same path as America. Reflect also on what has happened in that great nation over the past twenty-four years and perhaps the importance of Principal McLoud’s brave speech will become more clear:
“It has always been the custom at Roane County High School football games to say a prayer and play the National Anthem to honour 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. If someone is offended, that’s no problem.
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. If someone is offended, that’s OK.
However, if anyone uses this facility this PA System to honour God and ask Him to bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, Federal Case Law is violated.
This appears to be inconsistent at best, 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 which they do not necessarily agree. For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at best, 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 honour, 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.”
One by one, the people in the stands bowed their heads, held hands with one another, and began to pray.
They prayed in the stands.
They prayed in the team huddles.
They prayed at the concession stand.
They prayed in the announcer’s box.
The only place they didn’t pray was in the Supreme Court of the United States of America – the seat of “justice” in “one nation under God.”
Somehow, Kingston, Tennessee, remembered what so many have forgotten… we are given the Freedom OF Religion, not the Freedom FROM Religion.
Praise God that His remnant remains!