ACLU should spend its time elsewhere

Published 11:44 am Thursday, May 17, 2007

Good grief. Can the ACLU not find something better to do with its time than ruining high school graduations?

Recently, the far-from-center group whose aim is to protect us all from harm has threatened to file a lawsuit in Ouachita Parish to stop prayer before the local high school’s graduation.

Miss-Lou school officials have said they feel comfortable legally should a similar threat or challenge be brought forth.

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Ironically, America does not have a law against prayer. The U.S. Constitution doesn’t ban it, and to our knowledge neither do any Mississippi and Louisiana laws.

In fact, the only laws remotely related to this — and the ones the ACLU will hang any legal challenge on — relate to the possible discrimination based on religious practices or beliefs.

The Constitution does not, despite some liberals’ beliefs, say anything about creating a separation of church in state. Look for yourself. It’s not in there.

The Founding Fathers carefully — amazingly carefully — crafted the Constitution to speak of a larger being, the creator if you will, but stopped short of calling him or her God, Allah or any other name. They simply didn’t want to discriminate. But they also didn’t ban it either. Almost without fail, each of the great men who created the framework for our nation was a man of faith.

Only years after the nation was formed did the “separation of church and state phrasing” reach the public domain.

Having a simple prayer before a graduation ceremony or football game does not, in our minds, constitute discrimination against someone who may not believe in a higher power.

If the ACLU needs something to do to make itself feel useful, why not try and come up with a plan to handle some of America’s truly big problems — immigration, Social Security financing, health care, etc.

In the meantime, we’ll keep you guys in our prayers.