We need more School Principals like
This statement was read over the PA system by school Principal Jody McLoud,
before the football game Roane County High School, Kingston, Tennessee
played on September 1, 2000.
"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
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,
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
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 is violated.
This appears to be at best, inconsistent and at worst, diabolical.
Apparently, we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone except God and
Nevertheless, as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and
abide by rules 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
For this reason, I shall, "Render unto Caesar that which is
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 --