Fox News Ignores The Constitution, Calls For Prayer At Public High School GraduationJune 1, 2011 11:04 AM EDT ››› MELODY JOHNSON
A judge has ordered a graduation ceremony for a public high school in Texas to be changed to exclude planned opening and closing prayers. While this adheres to the Constitution of the United States, that's not good enough for Fox & Friends who, today, hosted one of the would-be-praying graduates and his parents to push back against the separation of church and state. The show did not mention that there was no prohibition against students making religious references during their individual speeches. This follows Fox's long history of fabricating a "war on Christians."
The segment fails to mention three major points. One, the school is in no way prohibiting students from silent prayer. The judge reportedly "ruled that students who are speaking at graduation can still talk about their faith, or cite a belief in God as the reason for their success." What is prohibited is turning the graduation ceremony into a religious ceremony, like allowing speakers to lead prayers, say "amen" or "God bless you" or "have the audience rise and bow their heads." In short, the ruling simply reiterates this country's longstanding, Constitutionally mandated separation of church and state.
This is nothing new at Fox News. They have repeatedly tried to blur the lines between church and state, and have repeatedly invoked outcry over various supposed "wars" on Christianity and its holidays. Perhaps most notable in their plight is the War on Christmas, which rears its head over Fox News more often than Putin over Alaska.
In case the embedded link was not enough, here is the first amendment of the Constitution:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Additionally, here is a picture of it, etched into tons and tons of Tennessee marble for all to see on the side of the Newseum here in Washington, DC:
The Fox & Friends segment repeatedly cried "but what about the majority?" Well, if the majority includes the founders of the United States, I think they can declare a victory after all.