This pisses me off to no end.
I have said it time and time again: I am not a religious man. However, I do find it disgusting when people are told to keep their faith under wraps, or worse when they are outright censored.
I go by one simple rule: live and let live. If you aren’t harming anyone else’s life, liberty, or property, or destroying the environment in an obvious way, then do and say whatever you wish.
Sources have revealed that Elizabeth Turner, who was named valedictorian at her high school, was told by her Principal NOT to talk about God or her faith in her speech.
One source pointed out the hypocrisy of this and wondered if mentions of George Floyd or Black Lives Matter would have faced the same censorship.
Turner fired back with the aid of The First Liberty Institute, who claimed that the school had violated her religious freedom.
Here are the details:
BREAKING: Today, we sent a letter to the principal at Hillsdale High School demanding that she allow a graduating senior, Elizabeth Turner, reference her faith in her valedictorian speech. LEARN MORE » https://t.co/cH5X9MccbE pic.twitter.com/877ogwJk61
— First Liberty Institute (@1stLiberty) May 27, 2021
Newsmax had more on this blatant violation of liberty:
“For me, my future hope is found in my relationship with Christ,” Hillsdale High School senior Elizabeth Turner wrote in her prepared remarks.
“By trusting in him and choosing to live a life dedicated to bringing his kingdom glory, I can be confident that I am living a life with purpose and meaning. My identity is found by what God says and who I want to become is laid out in scripture,” she added.
Principal Amy Goldsmith reviewed Turner’s speech and advised her to “be mindful about the inclusion of religious aspects.”
“You are representing the school in the speech, not using the podium as your public form,” Goldsmith wrote in a note to the student. “We need to be mindful about the inclusion of religious aspects. These are your strong beliefs, but they are not appropriate for a speech in a school public setting.”
I wonder if Principal Goldsmith would have censored Turner’s speech had she referenced George Floyd or Black Lives Matter or Gaza?
BREAKING: Michigan school censors religious references in valedictorian's graduation speech. Learn what First Liberty is doing to defend this graduating senior's religious freedom » https://t.co/cH5X9MccbE pic.twitter.com/CnaL63e1Th
— First Liberty Institute (@1stLiberty) May 26, 2021
Daily Mail explained further:
The valedictorian of a high school in Michigan claims her principal prevented her from including comments about her belief in Jesus Christ during her graduation speech in June, it has been revealed.
The conservative legal nonprofit First Liberty has sent a letter on behalf of Hillsdale High School senior Elizabeth Turner to principal Amy Goldsmith demanding that she agrees to let the teen ‘express her private religious beliefs’ by Friday.
The letter claims Goldsmith engaged in ‘unconstitutional censorship’ when she allegedly commented when editing the speech that Turner was ‘representing the school’ – and so would violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.