Moriah Bridges wanted to thank God for His immeasurable blessings on Beaver High School's graduating class. But she could not, because she was told it was against the law.
The Pennsylvania teenager wanted to offer thanksgiving to the Almighty for parents and coaches and teachers. But again, she could not, because she was told it was against the law.
"Make us selfless. Make us just. Make us successful people, but more than that, make us good people," Moriah wanted to pray. But that too was determined to be unlawful.
This is the America—the land of the free, the home of the brave. But it is also a place where a young teenage girl is not permitted to mention the name of Jesus Christ or anything remotely religious in a graduation speech at a public high school.
Moriah Bridges, a member of the 2017 graduating class, was asked to provide what they call the closing exercise at Beaver High School's graduation on June 2nd.
She crafted a lovely prayer that mentioned her "heavenly Father" and her "Lord."
"Lord, surround us with grace and favor everywhere we go," she prayed. "Soften our hearts to teach us love and compassion, to show mercy and grace to others the way that you showed mercy and grace to us, even to the ultimate sacrifice. Help us love our brothers and our sisters deeply. Lead us to bless them."
Unfortunately, Moriah was not permitted to deliver that prayer—thanks to the Beaver Area School District.
On May 31st, the district notified the teenager that her prepared remarks were unlawful, unconstitutional and therefore, impermissible.
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