Mention Your Faith = Lose Your Diploma

How sad that so many who are in charge of teaching our children haven’t the slightest clue what the United States Constitution, the highest law of our country, says.


Before graduation in May 2006, Principal Mark Brewer informed the valedictorians that they could choose one student to speak, or that all of them could deliver a 30-second graduation message. The students chose to have all fifteen valedictorians participate and chose a general topic for each speaker. Erica and one other student were chosen to give concluding messages. Each valedictorian orally presented a proposed speech to the principal before graduation.

During her 30-second message Erica spoke about her faith in Jesus Christ. Afterwards, she was escorted to see the assistant principal, who said she would not receive her diploma because of the speech she had given. Principal Brewer later indicated that her comments were “immature.” He said that she could only receive her diploma if she apologized to the school community.

Tell me, how does this high school student who is not a government employee speaking for 30 seconds of her own free will about her faith in Jesus Christ constitute “Congress [making a] law respecting an establishment of religion?”

One Response to “Mention Your Faith = Lose Your Diploma”

  1. Exactly! CONGRESS shall make no law…Establishing a religion or preventing the free exercise of same. Erica clearly has the Constitution on her side. Unfortunately principals, school boards, state legislatures and even federal judges are often ignorant of the First Amendment, relying instead on the mis-applied and erroneous “separation of Church and State.”