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Fri Apr 26, 2013, 10:27 AM

 

Mississippi high school forces students to attend Christian lectures: lawsuit

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/25/mississippi-high-school-forced-students-to-attend-christian-lecture/

A high school in central Mississippi allegedly forced students to watch a Christian video and listen to church officials preach about Jesus Christ.

The American Humanist Association’s legal center filed a lawsuit against Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood on Wednesday, accusing the school of violating the student’s First Amendment rights.

The school has held at least three mandatory assemblies about finding hope in Jesus Christ this month, according to the lawsuit. The assemblies showed a video laced with Christian messages about overcoming personal hardships through Jesus Christ and were allegedly led by local church officials.

“See, before Jesus came, innocent blood had to be shed for our sins,” one of the church officials allegedly told the students. “There had to be an animal that was sacrificed toatone for our sin. There had to be innocent blood. So Jesus came and he was the innocent blood because he lived a perfect life. He was that innocent blood. See the last few years of Jesus’ life he traveled from region to region and country to country and he had 12 disciples that followed him everywhere. And he talked about the hope he was bringing.”

The assemblies concluded with a prayer and teachers blocked the exits to prevent students from leaving, the lawsuit claimed. A disillusioned student videotaped one of the assemblies.

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Reply Mississippi high school forces students to attend Christian lectures: lawsuit (Original post)
Phillip McCleod Apr 2013 OP
dballance Apr 2013 #1
madrchsod Apr 2013 #2
Leontius Apr 2013 #3
edhopper Apr 2013 #4
silverweb Apr 2013 #5
okasha Apr 2013 #6
Phillip McCleod Apr 2013 #7
MountainLaurel Apr 2013 #9
Phillip McCleod Apr 2013 #10
skepticscott Apr 2013 #11
struggle4progress Apr 2013 #8

Response to Phillip McCleod (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 10:31 AM

1. Why was it we wanted to prevent MS from seceding?

 

They're the most unhealthily, overweight state. They consistently rank at the bottom of education. They get more in tax dollars than they pay yet are fervent tea-baggers.

Why do we keep telling them to stay?

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Response to Phillip McCleod (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 12:43 PM

2. hmmm..i`m betting on anti-Semitism in good ole Mississippi....

you know them christ killers have all those weird rituals...

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Response to Phillip McCleod (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 12:45 PM

3. This shouldn't take long.

 

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Response to Phillip McCleod (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 02:51 PM

4. I wish they would stop

persecuting Christians in this God-forbidding secular nation.

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Response to Phillip McCleod (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 02:56 PM

5. "Convert or die!"

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]Figuratively speaking, of course.

Can we say "illegal," "coercion," and "unconstitutional"?

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Response to Phillip McCleod (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 04:59 PM

6. Why is it that school boards

are almost invariably made up of the dozen most stupid individuals in a given community?

Time for this one to put its collective head between its legs and kiss its ass goodbye.

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Response to okasha (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 05:12 PM

7. i've pondered on this same question more than once.

 

the only thing i can think of is that school boards attract the wrong (read: 'rightwing') sort..

..michelle bachmann springs frighteningly to mind.

kinda like cops, really. the line of work attracts the worst sort.

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Response to Phillip McCleod (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 06:11 PM

9. Got it in one

Read through the history of the Moral Majority and you'll find that school boards were one of their early targets, because of the influence they carry and because they were comparatively low-hanging fruit in the post-Nixon years.

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Response to MountainLaurel (Reply #9)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 06:24 PM

10. yeh .. i had to attend a couple for a local newspaper..

 

.. definitely takes a certain sort. i've also thought a lot about how awful cops are and wouldn't it be great if we infiltrated them, but who's volunteering for *that* job?!? it's not even the work that puts me off, it's the coworkers.

*sigh* .. there's the problem, no? peaceful people don't like to fight, but it takes fighters to win elections.

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Response to okasha (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 09:10 PM

11. Why do you mock people

 

for their deeply and sincerely held religious beliefs? All of your favorite people here constantly preach against such bigotry.

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Response to Phillip McCleod (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 06:09 PM

8. Northwest Rankin High sued for 'religious' assembly

... The American Humanist Association's legal center filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday. The Appignani Humanist Legal Center learned from Northwest Rankin High School students that a mandatory assembly was held during school hours on April 9 where a representative of the Pinelake Baptist Church spoke of finding "hope" in "Jesus Christ," according to a press release from the American Humanist Association.

The group claims that students stated anyone who attempted to leave the April 9 assembly were prevented from doing so. The press release adds that at the end of the presentation, the speakers led the students in a Christian prayer ...

Although the Rankin County School District had not received a notice of the lawsuit Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson issued a written statement stating:

"Our students have the freedom to organize student-led and planned meetings and the assembly in question was student led and organized. The meetings were not mandatory" ...

http://www.wdam.com/story/22080524/northwest-rankin-high-sued-for-religious-assembly

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