September 17, 2009
School Officials Cleared of Criminal Contempt Charges in Case Involving Prayer!
Today Liberty Counsel successfully cleared Pace High School Principal Frank Lay and Athletic Director Robert Freeman of criminal contempt charges that arose out of a simple blessing of a meal. The ruling came at the end of an all-day hearing in a Pensacola, Florida federal court.
The criminal contempt hearing was brought after the ACLU asked that Lay and Freeman be held in contempt for offering a prayer over a meal at a luncheon where they honored donors to an athletic Field House project.
The federal courtroom was packed with people supporting Lay and Freeman. The Pace High School students made T-shirts with the image of a potato chip that read: “Lay’s Supportive Patriots.” Busloads of people jammed the steps of the courthouse to cheer and show their support.
This case has gained national attention. Earlier this week, Congresman Randy Forbes, the Chair of the bi-partisan Congressional Prayer Caucus, Cong. Mike McIntyre, Co-Chair, and Cong. Jeff Miller, whose district includes Santa Rosa County, along with more than 60 members of the Caucus, issued a letter of support and talked about this case on the House floor. In his speech, Cong. Forbes warned that this case represents what might be coming as result of the ACLU’s agenda: “Make no mistake, there will come a day when the speaker of this house will be hauled into federal court and threatened with jail because she dares to stand at that podium where you stand tonight and ask the chaplain to start our day with prayer.”
Read our News Release for more details of this case.
Read the letter of support from Cong. Randy Forbes and other members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus.
Watch YouTube clips of Congressional speeches about this case.
Read the transcript of Cong. Forbes' speech.
Watch a YouTube clip of Cong. Forbes' speech.
Read the News Release by Cong. Randy Forbes.
Mat Staver to Appear on FOX & Friends tomorrow
Mat Staver and Pastor Blake Lorenz are scheduled to appear tomorrow morning on FOX & Friends at 6:20 a.m. ET.
The topic will be Rifqa Bary, a 17-year-old girl from a Muslim family, who fled from Ohio to Florida for fear she would be killed because she became a Christian.
After the program airs, look for a video clip at www.foxnews.com/foxfriends.
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