Florida Principal and Athletic Director Face Criminal Charges for Praying The ACLU is at it again. Opinion in Politics — by Christine Lakatos — on Aug 18, 2009
I never thought I’d live to see the day when Americans would be put in jail for praying.
But it’s true –
[T]wo school officials are facing criminal charges for offering mealtime prayers at an appreciation dinner for adults who had helped with a school field house project. Principal Frank Lay and athletic director Robert Freeman are scheduled to go on trial next month (September) on criminal contempt charges. If convicted, both are subject to fines and imprisonment.
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The story starts in August of last year, when the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and the ACLU of Florida filed a lawsuit on behalf of two Pace High School students who “alleged that school officials regularly promoted religion and led prayers at school events”.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Santa Rosa County (Pensacola) School District, charging the school officials with committing widespread violations of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The ACLU got the District to agree to an order that essentially “bans all employees from engaging in prayer or religious activities, whether before, during, or after school hours.” Without any legal argument, the federal district court in Pensacola, Florida, entered the Consent Order.
Matt Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, who has appeared on Huckabee and other news outlets this past week, is representing the two administrators, and will argue that the court order prohibiting prayer at school-related events violated Lay's and Freeman's constitutional rights. Staver has announced that Lay and Freeman could be fined $5000 and face six months in jail, and with over 70 years collectively as administrators, could lose their retirement.