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Was Fired MUSD Superintendent Cecelia Greenberg-English in Hot Water… or Holy Water?

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The following correspondence speaks for itself.

 

english letter

 

 

For the complete PFD letter sent to Cecelia Greenberg-English , Click here

 

The following case and explanation also speaks for itself:

JAMES SANDS et al., Plaintiffs and Respondents, v. MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT et al., Defendants and Appellants No. S012721 Supreme Court of California 53 Cal. 3d 863; 809 P.2d 809; 281 Cal. Rptr. 34; 1991 Cal. LEXIS 1724; 91 Cal. Daily Op. Service 3328; 91 Daily Journal DAR 5389 “OPINION BY: KENNARD OPINION [*867] [**810] [***35]



In this case we hold that religious invocations [**836] [***61] and benedictions at public high school graduation ceremonies are constitutionally impermissible. Our review of applicable precedent convinces us that this practice violates the guarantees found in the United States and California Constitutions that religion and government shall remain separate. Ours is a nation composed of people of many different races and faiths. Some are Native Americans, many of whom adhere to beliefs formed here over many centuries; others are immigrants, or the descendants of [*868] immigrants, many of whom came here to escape religious persecution. The historical fact of our diverse origins and beliefs is a vital part of our national heritage and central to the meaning of the establishment and free exercise clauses of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The establishment clause reflects and implements the fundamental wisdom that freedom of religion flourishes only when government observes strict adherence to the principle of separation of religion and state [**864] authority. Government-sponsored religious invocations and benedictions at public school graduation ceremonies contravene the fundamental principle of governmental neutrality and abstention in matters affecting religious beliefs and practices.”

 

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Branson Hunter

(This story was posted by Cactus Thorn contributor Branson Hunter)

"The ends do not justify the means." If you use illegal mean to accomplish a legal and even desirable result, the good result does not make the bad means you used justifiable.

2 Comments

  1. What’s interesting is that during council meetings invocations are okay with the SCOTUS, but the California Supreme Court says no to graduation sermon featuring Christian themes. Keep invocations out of public meetings. When a council Member thinks God is sitting with him at the dais, this is loony tunes.

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