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MONDAY, JUN 10, 2013| 17 comments
Texas high school silences Valedictorian's microphone during speech on Constitution, report says

A Texas high school silenced its Valedictorian’s microphone during his speech when he diverted from his pre-approved remarks and instead spoke about the Constitution.

Joshua High School graduate Remington Reimer, who was accepted into the Naval Academy, had his microphone silenced during his speech right after he told fellow graduates that school officials apparently threatened him with the move the day before, MyFoxDFW.com reported.

Colin Radford, a fellow graduate told MyFoxDFW.com that Reimer was "talking about getting constitutional rights taken away from him, and then he said "just yesterday they threatened to turn my microphone off," and then his microphone went off." ...


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News Item6/11/13 4:20 PM
Cezar | Midwest  Find all comments by Cezar
How unconstitutional of them.

We are forced to pay property taxes and they believe they have the right to censor free speech?

Time to take off work and anything else and protest things like this.

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News Item6/11/13 1:33 AM
PS | USA  Find all comments by PS
Lets watch them turn off the tornadoes and flooding and earthquakes and the destruction coming from the Almighty upon this nation!
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News Item6/10/13 9:05 PM
jpw  Find all comments by jpw
what I see here is another young man silenced and nannied. wonder what the crowd thought of it.

but this has become a way of life. not surprised.

they censored his speech from the beginning.

these young people, we raise them to be silent, to comply. we've had them suspended for drawing a gun on a piece of paper, for taking a toy lego to school, what is their problem talking about the con? we threw it away a long time ago for all this safety. why don't the kids know, when all their phone conversations for the rest of their lives will be databased, that we have left them these gifts for their own good?

we've left them... um, a food stamp program. congrats at graduation kids!

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News Item6/10/13 5:16 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Frank wrote:
Perhaps it was the taxpayers who gave the school the authority to do what it did?
Perhaps. But in all my decades of abiding school superintendent decrees, I've never been asked anything.

Frank wrote:
What if the student decided to give a speech on the merits of Islam? Would you then say he had a constitutional or taxpayer right to do that. I would say he did because there is no religous litmus test in our constitution...
I don't hold to the notion that we best protect ouselves from Islamic liberty by diminishing ours. I agree with T. Jefferson's view:

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it."

Frank wrote:
When we pay our taxes, then we turn over control to the government, right or wrong, of the way those tax dollars are used. The student did the right thing; the school did what they said they would do.
They are not paid to control but to serve. Agree both parties did what they set out to do. The kid made his point, the school its. Imo, the kid ended up looking better than the protectors of the state religion did.
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News Item6/10/13 3:50 PM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
Mike wrote:
1) It isn't the government providing the platform. It's the taxpayer.
2) Your position would say that should the government mandate the audience insert earplugs, (effectively what shutting off the mike does)the speaker's right to free speech would not be abridged. Free speech necessitates free hearing. Speech is not mere soundmaking, it is communication, requiring hearers.
No Mike, I don't understand that was what Chris Frost was saying at all. But to use your point; if it is the taxpayer's microphone, then which taxpayers control it's use; the liberal, moderate,conservative, atheist, etc.? Perhaps it was the taxpayers who gave the school the authority to do what it did? What if the student decided to give a speech on the merits of Islam? Would you then say he had a constitutional or taxpayer right to do that. I would say he did because there is no religous litmus test in our constitution and I don't have a clue which taxpayers got their way.

I guess what I am saying is, I agree with U.S.'s post. When we pay our taxes, then we turn over control to the government, right or wrong, of the way those tax dollars are used. The student did the right thing; the school did what they said they would do.

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News Item6/10/13 11:42 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Chris Frost wrote:
The constitution only garantees one's right to speech. It makes no promises regarding being heard. While the government cannot legally prevent you from speaking, they are not required to provide you with a platform and an audience.
1) It isn't the government providing the platform. It's the taxpayer.

2) Your position would say that should the government mandate the audience insert earplugs, (effectively what shutting off the mike does)the speaker's right to free speech would not be abridged. Free speech necessitates free hearing. Speech is not mere soundmaking, it is communication, requiring hearers.

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News Item6/10/13 10:46 AM
Unprofitable Servant | Georgia  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
"Student speakers were told that if their speeches deviated from the prior-reviewed material, the microphone would be turned off, regardless of content," Joshua Independent School District said in a statement.

"When one student's speech deviated from the prior-reviewed speech, the microphone was turned off, pursuant to District policy and procedure," the statement said."

Sorry, I don't think you can condemn the school for their actions. It is their assembly with their microphone and they advised the students the consequences of deviation from approved script. Where would our opinions land if was Sandra Fluke cut off for promoting free birth control during her speech. Chris from Indiana is correct. Have to say Angela and Rufus have the correct solution.

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News Item6/10/13 10:43 AM
Rufus | Fort Worth, TX  Protected NameContact via emailFind all comments by Rufus
John Yurich USA wrote:
If that student had continued to speak without the use of a microphone he would not have been able to be heard clearly. The student himself in his speech stated that his constitutional rights were being violated. That is why the school cut off the microphone.
By attending a socialist school he is giving up his constitutional rights when he enters that building. If it is freedom he desires, he should not attend and support this humanistic church. There is no compulsory attendance requirement in the state of Texas.

2 Corinthians 6:17 - Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

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News Item6/10/13 10:41 AM
jpw  Find all comments by jpw
the youth are crying out for a future in a nation where raw milk, the constitution and the bible are contraband and spying on everyone, arresting without trial, gm crops and gay marriage, and aspartame are acceptable.

let it be contraband!

that is how Christianity has flourished is during times of persecution. what is this enduring love that is poured out from heaven among those suffering?

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News Item6/10/13 9:51 AM
Chris Frost | Indiana  Find all comments by Chris Frost
The constitution only garantees one's right to speech. It makes no promises regarding being heard. While the government cannot legally prevent you from speaking, they are not required to provide you with a platform and an audience.
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News Item6/10/13 9:42 AM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
Chris Frost wrote:
This child's constitutional rights were not violated in any way. The school did not force him to stop speaking, they simply deprived him of the use of their microphone. Think about it this way....ifyou had a guest speaker at your church who suddenly and unexpectedly started speaking about how wonderful planned parenthood is, would you leave his microphone turned on for fear of trampling his constitutional rights?
If that student had continued to speak without the use of a microphone he would not have been able to be heard clearly. The student himself in his speech stated that his constitutional rights were being violated. That is why the school cut off the microphone.
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News Item6/10/13 9:36 AM
Chris Frost | Indiana  Find all comments by Chris Frost
This child's constitutional rights were not violated in any way. The school did not force him to stop speaking, they simply deprived him of the use of their microphone. Think about it this way....ifyou had a guest speaker at your church who suddenly and unexpectedly started speaking about how wonderful planned parenthood is, would you leave his microphone turned on for fear of trampling his constitutional rights?
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News Item6/10/13 9:17 AM
SteveR  Find all comments by SteveR
John Yurich USA wrote:
No of course not. But that student should have told the school officials that if the microphone was cut off that he would sue the school district for violation of his constitutional rights. That surely would have prevented the microphone from being cut off.
I just looked it up, the school is run by a foundation that is a 501c3. Like most churches in the US, that school is muzzled from making political statements. Rufus and I both agree, that our churches, and their schools, have sold their rights for a tax deduction.

On a side note: an fyi for everyone

Franklin Graham announced that a coalition of 501c3s is going to legally test the 501c3 restrictions on MORAL issues. The argument being moral issues cant be redefined as political ones even when placed on a ballot

The test will be on initiatives surrounding gay marriage

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News Item6/10/13 8:58 AM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
Rufus wrote:
Is it your understanding that socialistic, public schools are bastions of freedom and republican liberty?
No of course not. But that student should have told the school officials that if the microphone was cut off that he would sue the school district for violation of his constitutional rights. That surely would have prevented the microphone from being cut off.
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News Item6/10/13 8:23 AM
Rufus | Fort Worth, TX  Protected NameContact via emailFind all comments by Rufus
John Yurich USA wrote:
Who gave that high school the right to silence that valedictorian's microphone just because they did not like the content of the speech?
Is it your understanding that socialistic, public schools are bastions of freedom and republican liberty?
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News Item6/10/13 7:33 AM
Angela Wittman | Southern Illinois  Find all comments by Angela Wittman
What can I say? Except the school officials actually believe that once that child is on their property, he also becomes part of their property. The only way you can have full control of your child is to remove him from the God-forsaken government schools.
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News Item6/10/13 6:19 AM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
Who gave that high school the right to silence that valedictorian's microphone just because they did not like the content of the speech?
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