Six months ago the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Santa Rosa County District which they forced, by way of consent decree that "essentially bans all Santa Rose County School District employees from engaging in prayer or religious activities."
It all started when Principal Frank Lay asked the athletic director to bless a meal at a school function. Then a teacher's husband (not a school board or school employee) offered a "prayer" at an awards ceremony. In came the ACLU guns blazing.As preparations were being made for the 2009 graduation, the ACLU demanded the school censor students from offering prayers or saying anything religious.
As a result, two student leaders traditionally allowed by the school to address their graduation were banned from doing so. As the ACLU does, they intimidated the school district and the school employees from such an attrocity but the students wanted no part of it. As soon as Lay asked everyone to be seated for the ceremony, the graduating seniors remained standing and recited the Lord's Prayer."
Many of the students also painted crosses on their graduation caps to make a statement of faith," the organization reported. "Neither students nor teachers shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate!"
The school was Pace High School and their mascot is the "Patriot" (same emblem that the NE Patriots sport as their logo).
Hats off to the young Patriots....