Friend or Foe Graduation Prayer Campaign

The purpose of Liberty Counsel's annual "Friend or Foe" Graduation Prayer Campaign is to protect religious viewpoints at graduation. Liberty Counsel will be the friend of schools that recognize the free speech rights of students and the foe of those that violate their constitutional rights. The key to graduation prayer is that the school should remain neutral - neither commanding nor prohibiting voluntary prayer or religious viewpoints.

Liberty Counsel will educate and, if necessary, litigate to ensure that prayer and religious views are not suppressed during graduation ceremonies across the Nation.

Liberty Counsel is distributing red prayer wristbands which students can wear as a reminder to pray at graduation and all throughout the school year. The wristbands are embossed with "I WILL PRAY" and "PRAY WITHOUT CEASING - I THESS. 5:17." Students have the constitutional right to wear religious jewelry and to pray during noninstructional times while at school. Liberty Counsel also has a free legal memo on graduation prayer.

In order to receive federal funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, every local school district must certify that it is not engaging in any policy or practice which interferes with constitutionally protected prayer. Schools may lose federal funds if they fail to comply with the guidelines.

Action Items

1. Print our free Legal Opinion Regarding Constitutionality of the Use of Religious Venues for Public
    School Events (in PDF) and Legal Memorandum on Graduation Prayer (also in PDF) to share with
    your local school officials;

2. Forward this email to your friends so they will be informed about graduation prayer;

3. Tell us if you learn of a public school attempting to censor graduation messages;

4. Support our Friend or Foe Graduation Prayer Campaign;

5. Give some students our "I WILL PRAY" wristbands, and

6. Order copies of the booklet "Students' Rights on Public School Campuses" to share with public school students and their families.

Support Liberty Counsel's Friend or Foe Graduation Prayer Campaign

News Releases posted online:

2012 - Liberty Counsel Launches Tenth Annual “Friend or Foe” Graduation Prayer Campaign

          Liberty Counsel Applauds Jackson County Schools for Protecting Graduation Messages

2011 - Liberty Counsel Announces Ninth Annual “Friend or Foe” Graduation Prayer Campaign

          Hampton High School Graduates Choose Prayer at Ceremony

          Graduation Continued With Prayer in Louisiana

          Tennessee Class President Offered Counsel to Continue with Graduation Prayer

2010 - Liberty Counsel Announces its 8th Annual “Friend or Foe” Graduation Prayer Campaign

          Organization Pressures School Boards to Move Traditional Graduation Venue

2009 - Liberty Counsel Launches Annual “Friend or Foe” Graduation Prayer Campaign

          Liberty Counsel Petitions Supreme Court to Hear Graduation Free Speech Case

          Students Rebel at Graduation Against the ACLU’s Bullying Tactics

2008 - Liberty Counsel Launches Annual Friend or Foe Graduation Prayer Campaign

2007 - Annual "Friend or Foe" Graduation Prayer Campaign Finishes Fifth Successful Season

          Valedictorian Sues School District That Forced Apology For Religious Graduation Message

          Student-Initiated Prayer and Youth Minister Allowed at Graduation After All

          ACLU Cannot Force School District to Censor Seniors at Louisiana Graduation

          Impact of Annual "Friend or Foe" Graduation Prayer Campaign Continues to Grow

2006 - Liberty Counsel and Dr. Falwell Launch "Friend or Foe" Graduation Prayer Campaign

          Liberty Counsel Intervenes on Behalf of Megan Chapman To Get Graduation Prayer Order

          Senior Once Censored Sings Religious Song at Graduation Ceremony

          Kentucky Decision Censoring Students Religious Viewpoint at Graduation

2005 - Liberty Counsel Launches Its Annual Friend or Foe Graduation Campaign

2004 - Liberty Counsel Kicks Off Its Friend or Foe Graduation Campaign

          High School Backs Away from Attempts to Censor Graduation Speech About Faith In God


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