Mentioning God or giving Jesus credit for one’s success in a graduation speech does not violate the establishment clause. However, banning such speech clearly violates the constitution. Enough is enough! It is time to pay the price to end this madness.
It is insane that one or two people who claim to be offended can ban words from a speech. It is crazy that Christian clubs are forced to either disband or elect non-Christian officers. Someone’s hare-brained idea of “inclusivity” does not overrule the Bill of Rights.
But it is crazier than that. Campuses are drowning in double standards. Atheist clubs are not forced to elect Christian officers. And do you think for one moment a speech would be banned or a club ostracized if Christian students claimed to be offended?
The fact is, the overwhelming majority of speech and practice restrictions target Christians and conservatives. Even illegal immigrants have more rights on campus.
However, the most mind-boggling thing are the excuses Christian leaders use to justify their silence and inaction against something that is punishing the children in their congregations.
Timid leaders claim lawsuits would be a bad witness.
If defending your civil rights is a bad witness, then Paul the Apostle was the worst. Look carefully at these verses:
Acts 16: 37 But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us openly, uncondemned Romans, and have thrown us into prison. And now do they put us out secretly? No indeed! Let them come themselves and get us out.” 38 And the officers told these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans. 39 Then they came and pleaded with them and brought them out, and asked them to depart from the city.
Paul understood that these men were wrong and they needed to know they were wrong. Isn’t that precisely what Gospel preaching should do? Moreover, Paul knew the welfare of the Philippian church was involved. Pastors need to have the heart of Paul for the modern church.
We also need to understand that such bold confrontation is not only right—it is necessary. School administrators need to feel the heat of their illegal actions—that heat needs to be hotter than the hissy fits of a few atheists and God haters.
Not only this, but I am convinced God wants us to take up this cause. Detrick Bonhoeffer said “silence in the face of evil, is itself evil.”
The final excuse is the money. How can we afford this?
Legal fees for such massive action will be exorbitant. This is a hair-pulling excuse. Parents are shelling out over $50,000 a year on tuition. Multiply that times the number of Christian students are on campus and legal fees are a drop in the bucket.
And what about faith in our awesome heavenly Father? He will supply all of our needs!
Besides, all we need are key victories that set precedents in the courts.
The real question is not what is the cost of taking action…the question is what is the cost of remaining silent?