In the end, though, the board decided that First Cathedral was the best use of its funds to rent adequate space that offered what the district needed to hold its two commencement ceremonies.
Not for nothing, there seems to be a sense that they weren’t keen on being threatened or pushed around by the ACLU, though some more pragmatic members felt it was a waste to spend money on a lawsuit.
It’s just this sort of pragmatism that the ACLU counts on, of course, as it spreads the misguided notion that our Constitution prohibits public entities such as schools from holding non-religious ceremonies in buildings that happen also to house words and pictures associated with Christianity.
It’s a twisted end to a school year that began politically, too. On the first day of school, recall that America’s uber-dad, President Obama, lectured students on their responsibilities and his own childhood struggles in school. The US Department of Education was ready to disseminate supporting materials on how to help the President achieve his goals (strange, not their goals, but his). Only an outcry from conservatives kept that propaganda from the classrooms.
Of course, kids are easy targets, but crucial ones if you’re out to fundamentally change our nation. After all, the best way to implement a secular-progressive, socialist agenda is to breed a generation of secular-progressive socialists, right?
This is why the rights to religious and political expression of America’s children are routinely curtailed for “politically correct” reasons. To wit: The rights of Cheerleaders in Georgia to carry banners with biblical verses on them; the rights of high schoolers in California to wear American flag t-shirts; the rights of a boy in New York to wear a rosary around his neck to school – the list goes on and on.
The goal is to indoctrinate kids into the notion that our Constitution prohibits any religious expression or political speech that someone else doesn’t happen to like or agree with.
But wait. Won’t children learn how wrong this is when studying the Constitution in American history class?