06/19/2017

Leftist Extremism Is Mainstream Leftism

David Limbaugh, Liberty News

Just in case you think the political left has become more rational or less extreme, I refer you to the following examples demonstrating otherwise.

Some will say these are extreme cases, not representative of mainstream leftist (excuse the oxymoron) thought and practice, but we see such examples all the time — not to mention that this type of thinking is mainstreamed in the liberal media and academia. Others will dispute that these are examples of wrongheaded thinking, which will prove that I’m not overstating my case.

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  • In her high-school graduation speech in Pennsylvania, Moriah Bridges was prohibited from praying blessings on her class; she was barred from thanking her “Heavenly Father” and her “Lord.” The school’s principal, at the direction of the school district, said her prepared remarks would have been unconstitutional. Folks, the courts have stretched the federal and state establishment clauses to absurd lengths to say that almost any expression of Christianity at a government-supported entity is prohibited. How can anyone reasonably argue that to allow a student to voluntarily offer a public prayer constitutes government support of Christianity? Does anyone ever consider the First Amendment’s free exercise clause, which precedes the establishment clause? Both clauses are designed to promote, not suppress, religious liberty, yet this school district’s Christian-hostile action in fact suppressed Bridges’ religious liberty in the name of protecting that very freedom.
  • Along the same lines, Bremerton High School football coach Joe Kennedy was fired for refusing to comply with the Washington state school’s order that he quit praying silently on the field because it was an impermissible public display of religion by a public school employee. Such prayer, according to the school, could be interpreted as the school district’s endorsement of religion. See what I mean? Kennedy is challenging this in court.
  • Vero Beach High School student J.P. Krause was initially disqualified from winning his election as class president because he used tongue-in-cheek campaign slogans mirroring President Trump’s campaign rhetoric on the proposed border wall. Krause’s frivolous suggestion that they build a wall between their school and a rival school and make the other school pay for it was deemed insulting and harassment under the school district’s rules, according to the school’s principal. This is so self-evidently absurd as to obviate further comment. Only after public outcry did the Florida school’s superintendent reverse the principal’s decision.

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