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ACLJ Christmas Cases Special

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January 1, 2019
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  • THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SAID WE'VE GOT A CASE. THE SUPREME
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  • COURT HAD JUST GRANTED REVIEW.IT WAS ABOUT LITERATURE
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  • DISTRIBUTION AT AIRPORTS. [MUSIC] -WE WANTED TO HAVE THE
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  • BIBLE STUDY MEET IN THE SCHOOL, BUT IT TURNED INTO A PROBLEM
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  • WHEN THE PRINCIPAL SAID, NO, YOU CAN'T HAVE IT. -I TOLD HER THAT
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  • I WANTED TO SING NOEL AND THE PRINCIPAL SAID THAT WE CAN'T
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  • HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH CHRIST IN OUR SONGS. -WE MARCHED
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  • AROUND THE COUNTRY DEFENDING EVANGELISM IN CHICAGO, IN
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  • BOSTON, IN NEW YORK, ATLANTA, TEXAS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA,
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  • NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, AND POINTS INBETWEEN. -THE IRS IS EXPECTED
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  • TO REVEAL THE RESULTS OF AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION THAT
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  • SHOWS THE AGENCY TARGETED CONSERVATIVE GROUPS. -THIS WAS
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  • A COMPLETE MISUSE OF THE OFFICE OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE.
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  • -WE ONLY PERSEVERED BECAUSE THE ACLJ WAS THERE. -THE FEDERAL
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  • COURTS DO NOT NEED TO BECOME MONITORS OF STATE TRESPASS
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  • ACTIONS AND THAT'S ALL THIS IS. -WE WERE LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT
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  • TO SPEAK OUR MINDS AND OUR CONSCIENCES AND WE WON THAT
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  • RIGHT TODAY. -THOSE OF US THAT BELIEVE IN LIFE KNOW THAT WE'RE
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  • ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY. WE UNDERSTAND FULL WELL CHILDREN
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  • ARE CHILDREN AND THEY'RE PRECIOUS IN GOD'S SIGHT, AND ARE
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  • PRECIOUS IN OUR NATION'S SIGHT AND THEY'RE PRECIOUS TO PARENTS.
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  • -RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION IS A SITUATION WHERE YOUR LIFE IS
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  • LITERALLY PUT IN JEOPARDY SIMPLY BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU BELIEVE.
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  • -CAN YOU HELP? CAN YOU DO SOMETHING? HE'S ON DEATH ROW AND
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  • SO WE LAUNCHED AN INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN. -IF WE DON'T USE THAT
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  • FREEDOM TO ADVOCATE FOR THESE PEOPLE SUFFERING UNDER RELIGIOUS
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  • PERSECUTION, WHO WILL?
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • LIVE FROM WASHINGTON D.C. JAY
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  • SEKULOW LIVE.
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • PHONE LINES ARE OPEN FOR YOUR
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  • QUESTIONS RIGHT NOW.
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • AND NOW CHIEF COUNSEL FOR THE
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  • AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE, JAY SEKULOW.
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • JAY SEKULOW: WELCOME TO THIS VERY SPECIAL
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  • PROGRAM. YOU KNOW, WE'RE GETTING DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS HERE AND
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  • WE WANTED TO TAKE A LOOK BACK ON SOME OF THOSE HISTORIC CASES
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  • THAT WE HANDLED BATTLING FOR THE RIGHT FOR STUDENTS TO SING AT
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  • CHRISTMASTIME OR NATIVITY SCENES TO BE DISPLAYED. WE'VE HAD GREAT
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  • SUCCESS WITH THOSE CASES. YOU DON'T HEAR A LOT ABOUT THOSE
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  • ANYMORE AND THE GOOD NEWS IS THE REASON IS BECAUSE WE WERE
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  • SUCCESSFUL ALL THOSE YEARS AGO. LET'S TAKE A LOOK BACK. -EVERY
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  • CHRISTMAS THE ARGUING GETS LOUDER ABOUT RELIGION'S PLACE IN
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  • OUR SCHOOLS, INSTITUTIONS, AND COMMUNITIES. [BELLS RINGING]
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  • -IN TOWNS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AMERICANS ARE GETTING READY FOR
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  • CHRISTMAS AND HANUKKAH. [MUSIC] 50 YEARS AGO SCENES LIKE THIS
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  • WOULD HAVE BEEN AS UNCONTROVERSIAL AS THE NOTION OF
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  • LOVING YOUR COUNTRY. [MUSIC] BUT NOT ANYMORE! -IT GETS ABSURD
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  • THIS TIME OF YEAR. YOU CAN'T CALL IT A CHRISTMAS TREE. YOU
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  • CAN'T SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS IN THE HALLWAYS. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO
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  • FREEDOM OF SPEECH? WHY CAN'T WE CALL THESE THINGS WHAT WE KNOW
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  • THEM TO BE? -I WENT IN TO THE MUSIC TEACHER AND ASKED HER IF I
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  • COULD SING AND SHE SAID, PICK A SONG. I WENT IN THE NEXT DAY AND
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  • TOLD HER THAT I WANTED TO SING NOEL AND SHE SAID I'M SORRY,
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  • BUT THE PRINCIPAL SAID THAT WE CAN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH
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  • CHRIST IN OUR SONGS OR IN OUR WINTER CONCERT. -SHE SAID THE
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  • PRINCIPAL INFORMED ALL THE TEACHERS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE
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  • YEAR THAT THERE WERE TO BE NO RELIGIOUS THINGS AT CHRISTMAS OR
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  • TAUGHT AT ALL. -THE GENERAL RESPONSE BY PUBLIC EDUCATORS IS
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  • THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THE ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE TO MEAN
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  • THAT WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE RELIGION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. -IT
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  • IS CENSORSHIP. WHEN SOMEONE IS ASKED TO SING A SONG, CHOOSE
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  • WHATEVER SONG THEY'D LIKE AND THEN TOLD, NO, YOU CAN'T SING
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  • THAT ONE BECAUSE IT'S ABOUT JESUS. WE'RE NOT GOING TO ALLOW
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  • THAT AT THE PUBLIC SCHOOL. FORTUNATELY, THE SCHOOL
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  • ADMINISTRATORS UNDERSTOOD, AFTER WE MET WITH THEM SPOKE WITH
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  • THEM, THAT THEY CANNOT ELIMINATE HER SPEECH JUST BECAUSE IT'S
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  • ABOUT JESUS. -EVERY YEAR ABOUT THIS TIME 8 YEAR OLD LAURA
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  • GRESKA OF LEOMINSTER, MA READS FROM A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS
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  • BOOK TO REMIND HER OF THE MEANING OF THE SEASON. -THE
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  • TEACHER ASKED HER TO BRING IN A BOOK ABOUT CHRISTMAS. AND SO SHE
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  • BROUGHT IN THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS AND WE THOUGHT THAT
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  • WAS THE PERFECT BOOK FOR CHRISTMAS TIME. -SOME OF THE
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  • KIDS READ FROM BOOKS THAT TALKED ABOUT SANTA CLAUS, SOME TALKED
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  • ABOUT THE JEWISH TRADITION OF HANUKKAH, OR THE AFRICAN
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  • TRADITION OF KWANZAA. AND THEN IT LAURA'S TURN. -AND WHEN IT
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  • WAS MY TURN, THE TEACHER LOOKED AT IT AND SHE SAID THAT I
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  • COULDN'T READ IT. I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY ALL THE OTHER
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  • KIDS COULD READ THEIR, LIKE, HANNUKKAH BOOKS AND EVERTHING.
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  • -UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S OPEN HOSTILITY. AND IT'S, IN A WAY,
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  • OPEN SHOOTING SEASON IF THE CHRISTIAN STUDENT AND THEIR
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  • PARENTS DON'T STAND UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS. AND FORTUNATELY, WE'RE
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  • STARTING TO SEE STUDENTS AND PARENTS RISE TO THE OCCASION
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  • BECAUSE THEY'RE UNDERSTANDING WHAT THEIR RIGHTS ARE AND STAND
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  • UP FOR GODLY RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO SHARE THEIR FAITH
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  • AT THE EVENT THAT'S AT ISSUE, OR TO SING A SONG FROM A CHRISTIAN
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  • PERSPECTIVE. -PRIVATE CITIZENS HAVE BEEN DENIED BY GOVERNMENT
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  • OFFICIALS THE RIGHT TO EQUAL ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT FACILITIES,
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  • WHETHER IT'S PARKS OR OTHER PUBLIC AREAS TO PLACE THEIR
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  • NATIVITY SCENES FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. -ON A PUBLIC
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  • PLACE, A PUBLIC FORUM LIKE A PARK, DENYING A NATIVITY SCENE
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  • TO BE DISPLAYED DURING CHRISTMAS IS CENSORSHIP. PERIOD. -THE
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  • LOCAL TOURIST COMMISSION THAT'S PUTTING ON THE LIGHTING DISPLAY
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  • TOLD US, NO, THE STATE WOULD NOT ALLOW ANY RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS AT
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  • ALL. -THEY STATED THAT IT WOULD BE AGAINST THE ESTABLISHMENT
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  • CLAUSE FOR THIS PRIVATE CITIZEN TO ERECT HER NATIVITY SCENE ON
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  • PUBLIC PROPERTY. -IT WASN'T PERMISSIBLE THAT I COULD PUT IT
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  • UP IN MY HOME OR A FRIEND'S HOME OR IN FRONT OF A CHURCH OR
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  • SOMETHING. -IN PUBLIC PLACES PEOPLE, CHURCHES, CHRISTIANS
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  • HAVE THE RIGHT TO DISPLAY THEIR VIEWS, TO SHARE THEIR FAITH,
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  • WHETHER IT'S THROUGH WRITTEN LITERATURE OR THROUGH A NATIVITY
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  • SCENE. AND NO LONGER WILL THE REAL REASON FOR THE SEASON, THE
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  • BIRTH OF JESUS, BE DENIED, OR CENSORED, OR ELIMINATED BECAUSE
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  • THE GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRAT FEELS LIKE IT'S EASIER TO REMOVE THE
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  • SYMBOL RATHER THAN HAVE TO TOLERATE IT. [MUSIC] O COME LET
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  • US ADORE HIM CHRIST THE LORD
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • SPECIAL PROGRAM. YOU KNOW, WE'RE
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  • GETTING DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS HERE AND WE WANTED TO TAKE A
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  • LOOK BACK ON SOME OF THOSE HISTORIC CASES THAT WE HANDLED
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  • BATTLING FOR THE RIGHT FOR STUDENTS TO SING AT
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  • CHRISTMASTIME OR NATIVITY SCENES TO BE DISPLAYED. WE'VE HAD GREAT
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  • SUCCESS WITH THOSE CASES. YOU DON'T HEAR A LOT ABOUT THOSE
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  • ANYMORE AND THE GOOD NEWS IS THE REASON IS BECAUSE WE WERE
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  • SUCCESSFUL ALL THOSE YEARS AGO. LET'S TAKE A LOOK BACK. -THIS
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  • LITTLE GIRL WITH THE CAPTIVATING SMILE IS CARA RUSSELL. SHE IS A
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  • BEAUTY AND TALENT CONTEST WINNER. THIS HOME VIDEO CAPTURES
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  • HER COMPETING AT THE LOS VEGAS DUNES HOTEL. BUT WHEN SHE WANTED
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  • TO PARTICIPATE IN HER SCHOOL WINTER PAGEANT, SHE RAN INTO A
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  • SNAG. -I WENT IN TO THE MUSIC TEACHER AND ASKED HER IF I COULD
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  • SING AND SHE SAID, PICK A SONG. AND THEN I HAD A FRIEND STAY THE
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  • NIGHT AND WE PICKED NOEL. AND I WENT IN THE NEXT DAY AND TOLD
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  • HER THAT I WANTED TO SING NOE" AND SHE SAID I'M SORRY, BUT THE
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  • PRINCIPAL SAID THAT WE CAN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH CHRIST
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  • IN OUR SONGS OR IN OUR WINTER CONCERT. -THE SONG THE FIRST
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  • NOEL IS A SONG ABOUT THE FIRST CHRISTMAS, THE BIRTH OF CHRIST.
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  • AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHY CARA CHOSE TO SING IT. -CHRISTMAS IS
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  • ABOUT CHRIST AND NOEL HAD CHRIST IN IT. AND I THOUGHT THAT NOEL
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  • WAS A BEAUTIFUL SONG AND I HAD A TAPE ABOUT IT. AND I PRACTICED
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  • IT AND IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL SONG. SO THAT'S WHY I CHOSE NOEL.
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  • -CARA'S MOTHER, TAMRA, SAYS CARA'S TEACHER HAD NO
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  • ALTERNATIVE. -BUT THE TEACHER WAS SYMPATHETIC. SHE SAID BEFORE
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  • I'VE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO TEACH IT, BUT SHE'S NEW AT THE SCHOOL
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  • AND SHE SAID THE PRINCIPAL INFORMED ALL THE TEACHERS AT THE
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  • BEGINNING OF THE YEAR THAT THERE WERE TO BE NO RELIGIOUS THINGS
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  • AT CHRISTMAS OR TAUGHT AT ALL. -CARA SAYS HER TEACHER
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  • PRACTICED OTHER SONGS WITH HER, AND SHE WAS TOLD SHE COULD SING
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  • EITHER WHITE CHRISTMAS OR JINGLE BELL ROCK. -I WAS MAD
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  • BUT I FELT LIKE GETTING HOME AND TELLING MY MOM SO SHE COULD DO
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  • SOMETHING ABOUT IT, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT SHE WOULDN'T JUST LET
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  • IT GO. SHE WOULD DEFINITELY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT. -WHEN MY
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  • DAUGHTER CAME HOME AND TOLD ME THE FIRST THING I DID WAS PRAY.
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  • -THEN SHE FAXED THE CASE LEGAL TEAM FOR HELP TO FIND OUT HER
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  • OPTIONS AND HOW TO DEFEND HER DAUGHTER. -HE CALLED ME AND
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  • TOLD ME EXACTLY THE STEPS HE WAS GOING TO TAKE AND HE DID IT
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  • SCRIPTURAL. HE SAID WE'RE GOING TO WRITE THEM A LETTER FIRST
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  • ALLOWING THEM TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS ACCORDING TO MATTHEW. AND
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  • HE GAVE ME THE SCRIPTURES. I THOUGHT THAT WAS REALLY NEAT.
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  • AND WHEN HE SENT THE LETTER, HE SAID THIS IS WHO WE ARE, THIS IS
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  • WHO WE'VE REPRESENTED, THIS IS THE LAW, AND WE GIVE YOU UNTIL
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  • DECEMBER 2ND TO ALLOW HER TO SING. I THOUGHT THAT WAS REALLY
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  • NEAT. -IT IS CENSORSHIP. WHEN SOMEONE IS ASKED TO SING A SONG,
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  • CHOOSE WHATEVER SONG THEY'D LIKE, AND THEN TOLD, NO, YOU
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  • CAN'T SING THAT ONE BECAUSE IT'S ABOUT JESUS. WE'RE NOT GOING TO
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  • ALLOW THAT AT THE PUBLIC SCHOOL. FORTUNATELY, THE SCHOOL
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  • ADMINISTRATORS UNDERSTOOD, AFTER WE MET WITH THEM SPOKE WITH
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  • THEM, THAT THEY CANNOT ELIMINATE HER SPEECH JUST BECAUSE IT'S
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  • ABOUT JESUS OR THE BIRTH OF CHRIST, WHICH THE SONG WAS
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  • REALLY DEALING WITH. AND IN THIS CASE WE SAW A SUCCESSFUL
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  • CONCLUSION. -CASE CHIEF COUNSEL JAY SEKULOW SAYS THE FEDERAL
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  • COURTS HAVE BROUGHT CONFUSION TO PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
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  • OVER THE ISSUE OF RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES IN THE SCHOOLS. AND
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  • SOMETIMES PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR'S HESITANCE TO
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  • ALLOW CHRISTIAN SPEECH IS IGNORANCE. -OTHER TIMES,
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  • UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S OPEN HOSTILITY IF THE CHRISTIAN
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  • STUDENT AND THEIR PARENTS DON'T STAND UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS. AND
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  • FORTUNATELY, WE'RE STARTING TO SEE STUDENTS AND PARENTS RISE TO
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  • THE OCCASION BECAUSE THEY'RE UNDERSTANDING WHAT THEIR RIGHTS
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  • ARE AND STAND UP FOR GODLY RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO
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  • SHARE THEIR FAITH AT THE EVENT THAT'S AT ISSUE OR TO SING A
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  • SONG FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE. AND THAT'S THE
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  • EXCITING THING, WHEN STUDENTS START EXERCISING THEIR RIGHTS
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  • AND THEN WE CAN MARCH INTO COURT OR INTO A SCHOOL BOARD HEARING
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  • AND INSIST THAT THOSE RIGHTS ARE PROTECTED. -GENERAL COUNCIL FOR
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  • THE CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT, DONALD TATE, SAYS
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  • CARA'S PRINCIPAL WAS ACTING ON A MEMO SENT TO ALL PRINCIPALS FROM
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  • HIS OFFICE. -THERE WAS A MEMO THAT WENT OUT FROM OUR
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  • ADMINISTRATION TO PRINCIPALS THAT SAID THAT GENERALLY
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  • RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES SHOULD BE AVOIDED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND
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  • SO THE PRINCIPAL RESPONDING TO THAT MEMO FELT THAT IT WOULD BE
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  • INAPPROPRIATE TO SING NOEL AND THE SCHOOL PROGRAM. -BUT WHEN
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  • THE ADMINISTRATION RECEIVED THE CASE DEMAND LETTER OUTLINING THE
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  • LAW AND CARA'S FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS, THE ADMINISTRATION
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  • QUICKLY INFORMED THE PRINCIPAL THAT CARA SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO
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  • SING THE FIRST NOEL. CARA SAYS IT WASN'T LONG AFTER THAT THAT
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  • SHE WAS INFORMED BY HER PRINCIPAL OF THE GOOD NEWS. -MY
  • 00:10:57.050 --> 00:11:00.140
  • MOM WAS REALLY PRAISING THE LORD, JUMPING UP AND DOWN,
  • 00:11:00.150 --> 00:11:03.040
  • COULDN'T WAIT TILL MY DAD GOT HOME, REALLY PRAISING THE LORD.
  • 00:11:03.050 --> 00:11:05.270
  • SHE WAS EXCITED. -THE EVENING OF THE SCHOOL PAGEANT PRACTICED
  • 00:11:05.280 --> 00:11:11.270
  • WITH HER MOTHER ONE LAST TIME AS THEY MADE CHRISTMAS CANDY
  • 00:11:11.280 --> 00:11:15.030
  • TOGETHER. AND WHAT WOULD SHE BE THINKING ABOUT WHEN SHE SANG
  • 00:11:15.040 --> 00:11:18.010
  • THAT EVENING BEFORE HER FELLOW STUDENTS, PARENTS AND TEACHERS?
  • 00:11:18.020 --> 00:11:22.070
  • [A CAPPELLA] IN FIELDS WHERE THEY LAY KEEPING THEIR SHEEP
  • 00:11:22.080 --> 00:11:27.260
  • -I'LL BE THINKING ABOUT MY FAMILY AND GOD AND HOW GREAT HE
  • 00:11:27.270 --> 00:11:31.110
  • WAS TO HAVE ME SING THIS AND HE JUST HELPED ME ALL THE WAY
  • 00:11:31.120 --> 00:11:35.140
  • THROUGH IT AND HE'S REALLY GREAT. [MUSIC] NOEL, NOEL NOEL,
  • 00:11:35.150 --> 00:11:47.000
  • NOEL BORN IS THE KING OF ISRAEL -EVERY YEAR ABOUT THIS TIME 8
  • 00:11:47.010 --> 00:12:00.140
  • YEAR OLD LAURA GRESKA OF LEOMINSTER, MA READS FROM A VERY
  • 00:12:00.150 --> 00:12:04.120
  • SPECIAL CHRISTMAS BOOK TO REMIND HER OF THE MEANING OF THE
  • 00:12:04.130 --> 00:12:07.190
  • SEASON. -AND DON'T BE AFRAID HE SAID, I BRING YOU GOOD NEWS.
  • 00:12:07.200 --> 00:12:12.240
  • TODAY IN BETHLEHEM A SAVIOR HAS BEEN BORN. YOU WILL FIND HIM
  • 00:12:12.250 --> 00:12:17.170
  • LYING IN A MANGER. -LAST CHRISTMAS WHEN LAURA WAS IN THE
  • 00:12:17.180 --> 00:12:21.190
  • 2ND GRADE, SHE WAS EXCITED ABOUT AN ASSIGNMENT HER PUBLIC SCHOOL
  • 00:12:21.200 --> 00:12:24.270
  • TEACHER GAVE TO THE CLASS: BRING IN A BOOK, THE TEACHER SAID,
  • 00:12:24.280 --> 00:12:29.050
  • THAT SHARES YOUR FAMILY'S CHRISTMAS TRADITION. -THE
  • 00:12:29.060 --> 00:12:32.010
  • TEACHER ASKED HER TO BRING IN A BOOK ABOUT CHRISTMAS AND SO SHE
  • 00:12:32.020 --> 00:12:34.250
  • BROUGHT IN THIS STORY OF CHRISTMAS AND WE THOUGHT THAT
  • 00:12:34.260 --> 00:12:38.200
  • WAS THE PERFECT BOOK FOR CHRISTMASTIME. -SOME OF THE
  • 00:12:38.210 --> 00:12:41.100
  • KIDS READ FROM BOOKS THAT TALKED ABOUT SANTA CLAUS. SOME TALKED
  • 00:12:41.110 --> 00:12:44.170
  • ABOUT THE JEWISH TRADITION OF HANUKKAH OR THE AFRICAN
  • 00:12:44.180 --> 00:12:47.180
  • TRADITION OF KWANZAA. AND THEN IT WAS LAURA'S TURN. -AND WHEN
  • 00:12:47.190 --> 00:12:52.000
  • IT WAS MY TURN, THE TEACHER LOOKED AT IT AND SHE SAID THAT I
  • 00:12:52.010 --> 00:12:56.210
  • COULDN'T READ IT. SHE TOLD ME I COULD JUST SHOW A COUPLE OF
  • 00:12:56.220 --> 00:13:01.190
  • PAGES, PICTURES. -AT FIRST, LAURA AND HER PARENTS, BOB AND
  • 00:13:01.200 --> 00:13:06.090
  • JESSE GRESKA, DIDN'T KNOW WHY SHE WASN'T ALLOWED TO READ FROM
  • 00:13:06.100 --> 00:13:09.010
  • HER FROM HER POP-UP BOOK CALLED THE FIRST CHRISTMAS. BUT IT
  • 00:13:09.020 --> 00:13:12.100
  • WASN'T LONG BEFORE LAURA FIGURED OUT WHAT THE TEACHER WAS
  • 00:13:12.110 --> 00:13:15.020
  • THINKING. -SHE THOUGHT IT WAS RELIGIOUS AND THAT I JUST
  • 00:13:15.030 --> 00:13:19.080
  • COULDN'T READ IT. BUT I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY ALL THE OTHER
  • 00:13:19.090 --> 00:13:24.010
  • KIDS COULD READ THEIR, LIKE, HANUKKAH BOOKS AND EVERYTHING.
  • 00:13:24.020 --> 00:13:27.140
  • -IT'S VERY MUCH A CHILD'S BOOK. IT'S A POP-UP BOOK. IT'S NOT
  • 00:13:27.150 --> 00:13:31.060
  • LIKE SHE'S UP THERE PREACHING TO KIDS. SHE JUST WANTS TO READ HER
  • 00:13:31.070 --> 00:13:34.080
  • CHILD'S STORY TO THE OTHER KIDS IN HER CLASS. -SO THE GRESKA'S
  • 00:13:34.090 --> 00:13:37.200
  • SPOKE WITH LAURA'S TEACHER AT NORTHWEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  • 00:13:37.210 --> 00:13:40.120
  • ASKING WHY LAURA WAS TREATED DIFFERENTLY FROM THE OTHER KIDS.
  • 00:13:40.130 --> 00:13:44.120
  • -BASICALLY, SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS FOLLOWING POLICY ALTHOUGH SHE
  • 00:13:44.130 --> 00:13:46.080
  • WAS A LITTLE BIT CONFUSED ON WHAT THE POLICY ACTUALLY WAS.
  • 00:13:46.090 --> 00:13:48.160
  • SO, THEN WE SPOKE WITH THE PRINCIPAL. THE PRINCIPAL SAID
  • 00:13:48.170 --> 00:13:51.010
  • THE SAME THING; THAT WHAT THE TEACHER HAD DONES WAS CORRECT.
  • 00:13:51.020 --> 00:13:55.020
  • -AND THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE LEOMINSTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS ALSO
  • 00:13:55.030 --> 00:13:57.250
  • AGREED THAT THE TEACHER WAS FOLLOWING SCHOOL POLICY. -AND
  • 00:13:57.260 --> 00:14:01.100
  • SO AT THAT POINT, WE THOUGHT WE SHOULD GO FURTHER WITH THAT AND
  • 00:14:01.110 --> 00:14:05.120
  • SO WE CONTACTED THE ACLJ. -ACLJ ATTORNEYS HAVE TRIED TO RESOLVE
  • 00:14:05.130 --> 00:14:09.250
  • THIS MATTER WITHOUT GOING TO COURT OVER IT, BUT THE SCHOOL
  • 00:14:09.260 --> 00:14:13.000
  • HAS REFUSED TO DISCUSS CHANGING ITS POLICY AND SETTLING THE
  • 00:14:13.010 --> 00:14:16.010
  • CASE. CBN NEWS WAS UNABLE TO REACH A SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVE
  • 00:14:16.020 --> 00:14:19.180
  • FOR COMMENT AND CALLS TO THE SCHOOL'S ATTORNEY WERE NOT
  • 00:14:19.190 --> 00:14:22.270
  • RETURNED. AS FOR THE GRESKAS, ALL THEY WANT IS FOR THE SCHOOL
  • 00:14:22.280 --> 00:14:26.070
  • TO TREAT ALL THE STUDENTS EQUALLY AND FAIRLY. -WHAT WE'D
  • 00:14:26.080 --> 00:14:30.100
  • LIKE TO SEE IS THAT EVERY CHILD HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRING IN
  • 00:14:30.110 --> 00:14:34.130
  • A BOOK OF THEIR TRADITION OF THEIR CHOICE. -THE GRESKAS HAD
  • 00:14:34.140 --> 00:14:39.040
  • HOPED THAT THIS WHOLE THING WOULD BE RESOLVED BY CHRISTMAS,
  • 00:14:39.050 --> 00:14:42.020
  • BUT CHRISTMAS IS JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS AWAY AND THE SCHOOL
  • 00:14:42.030 --> 00:14:45.120
  • STILL SEEMS UNWILLING TO BEND. SO IT MAY BE ANOTHER YEAR BEFORE
  • 00:14:45.130 --> 00:14:49.010
  • KIDS IN THE LEOMINSTER, MASSACHUSETTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS CAN
  • 00:14:49.020 --> 00:14:51.270
  • TALK ABOUT JESUS AS PART OF THEIR CHRISTMAS TRADITION.
  • 00:14:51.280 --> 00:14:55.220
  • [MUSIC] O COME LET US ADORE HIM CHRIST THE LORD
  • 00:14:55.230 --> 00:15:02.090
  • [MUSIC]
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  • KNOW, WE'RE GETTING DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS HERE AND WE WANTED TO
  • 00:15:04.210 --> 00:15:06.210
  • TAKE A LOOK BACK ON SOME OF THOSE HISTORIC CASES THAT WE
  • 00:15:06.220 --> 00:15:10.110
  • HANDLED BATTLING FOR THE RIGHT FOR STUDENTS TO SING AT
  • 00:15:10.120 --> 00:15:12.290
  • CHRISTMASTIME OR NATIVITY SCENES TO BE DISPLAYED. WE'VE HAD GREAT
  • 00:15:13.000 --> 00:15:17.060
  • SUCCESS WITH THOSE CASES. YOU DON'T HEAR A LOT ABOUT THOSE
  • 00:15:17.070 --> 00:15:19.080
  • ANYMORE AND THE GOOD NEWS IS THE REASON IS BECAUSE WE WERE
  • 00:15:19.090 --> 00:15:21.160
  • SUCCESSFUL ALL THOSE YEARS AGO. LET'S TAKE A LOOK BACK. -SEEMS
  • 00:15:21.170 --> 00:15:27.020
  • LIKE EVERY TIME THIS YEAR WE GET CALLS AT THE AMERICAN CENTER
  • 00:15:27.030 --> 00:15:29.130
  • WHERE PRIVATE CITIZENS HAVE BEEN DENIED BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
  • 00:15:29.140 --> 00:15:32.130
  • THE RIGHT TO EQUAL ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT FACILITIES, WHETHER
  • 00:15:32.140 --> 00:15:35.260
  • IT'S PARKS OR OTHER PUBLIC AREAS TO PLACE THEIR NATIVITY SCENES
  • 00:15:35.270 --> 00:15:40.170
  • FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. -SO WE WORK THROUGH THE PROCESS WITH
  • 00:15:40.180 --> 00:15:43.210
  • A LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL BODY THAT AT FIRST THOUGHT IT VIOLATED THE
  • 00:15:43.220 --> 00:15:47.240
  • ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE FOR THIS PRIVATE CITIZEN TO ENGAGE IN
  • 00:15:47.250 --> 00:15:50.210
  • THIS RELIGIOUS SPEECH IN A PUBLIC PARK. AND THROUGH THAT
  • 00:15:50.220 --> 00:15:53.240
  • NEGOTIATION PROCESS THEY GOT EDUCATED. WE DID HAVE A BATTLE
  • 00:15:53.250 --> 00:15:56.230
  • ALONG THE WAY. AT FIRST THEY STATED THAT IT WOULD BE AGAINST
  • 00:15:56.240 --> 00:16:00.070
  • THE ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE, IT WOULD VIOLATE THE SEPARATION OF
  • 00:16:00.080 --> 00:16:03.130
  • CHURCH AND STATE FOR THIS PRIVATE CITIZEN TO ERECT HER
  • 00:16:03.140 --> 00:16:06.000
  • NATIVITY SCENE ON PUBLIC PROPERTY. BUT AFTER A SERIES OF
  • 00:16:06.010 --> 00:16:09.120
  • LETTERS AND ORAL CONVERSATIONS VIA THE TELEPHONE, WE CONVINCED
  • 00:16:09.130 --> 00:16:13.090
  • THEM THAT IT WOULD NOT OFFEND THE ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE IF
  • 00:16:13.100 --> 00:16:16.010
  • CINDY PENNINGTON HAD EQUAL ACCESS TO PLACE HER NATIVITY
  • 00:16:16.020 --> 00:16:19.260
  • SCENE ON PUBLIC PROPERTY. -THE POSITION WE'VE TAKEN IS THAT THE
  • 00:16:19.270 --> 00:16:23.040
  • NATIVITY SCENE IS THE REASON WHY CHRISTMAS EXISTS, AND THAT
  • 00:16:23.050 --> 00:16:27.140
  • HAVING A DISPLAY AT CHRISTMAS ISLAND OR ANY OTHER PARK IN THE
  • 00:16:27.150 --> 00:16:31.080
  • COUNTRY THAT REFUSES TO ALLOW THE SYMBOL OF CHRISTMAS, THE
  • 00:16:31.090 --> 00:16:35.160
  • NATIVITY SCENE, THE BIRTH OF JESUS REPRESENTED IN LIGHTS AND
  • 00:16:35.170 --> 00:16:37.210
  • IN COLORS, WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE, WOULD BE CENSORSHIP. THAT'S THE
  • 00:16:37.220 --> 00:16:41.160
  • POSITION WE'VE TAKEN. ON A PUBLIC PLACE, A PUBLIC FORUM
  • 00:16:41.170 --> 00:16:44.100
  • LIKE A PARK, DENYING A NATIVITY SCENE TO BE DISPLAYED DURING
  • 00:16:44.110 --> 00:16:47.240
  • CHRISTMAS IS CENSORSHIP. PERIOD. -WELL, IT'S NOT JUST ANOTHER
  • 00:16:47.250 --> 00:16:51.200
  • CASE. IT'S ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY THAT WE ASSISTED IN FOR A
  • 00:16:51.210 --> 00:16:55.040
  • PRIVATE CITIZEN TO PROCLAIM THAT JESUS IS LORD DURING THE
  • 00:16:55.050 --> 00:16:57.190
  • CHRISTMAS SEASON. OF COURSE, THAT IS THE REASON FOR THE
  • 00:16:57.200 --> 00:17:00.160
  • SEASON. SO FOR CINDY PENNINGTON TO BE ABLE TO PLACE HER NATIVITY
  • 00:17:00.170 --> 00:17:03.100
  • SCENE IN A PUBLIC PARK SENDS A MESSAGE TO THE CITIZENS OF THAT
  • 00:17:03.110 --> 00:17:07.240
  • TOWN AND NEIGHBORING TOWNS THAT KNEW ABOUT THE CASE THAT, YES,
  • 00:17:07.250 --> 00:17:10.150
  • IT IS LAWFUL FOR HER TO DO SO. [MUSIC] -THIS IS A PUBLIC
  • 00:17:10.160 --> 00:17:21.010
  • FORUM. THIS IS A PUBLIC PARK. AND IN PUBLIC PARKS IN PUBLIC
  • 00:17:21.020 --> 00:17:24.170
  • PLACES PEOPLE, CHURCHES, CHRISTIANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO
  • 00:17:24.180 --> 00:17:28.040
  • DISPLAY THEIR VIEWS, TO SHARE THEIR FAITH, WHETHER IT'S
  • 00:17:28.050 --> 00:17:31.180
  • THROUGH WRITTEN LITERATURE OR THROUGH A NATIVITY SCENE. WE'RE
  • 00:17:31.190 --> 00:17:35.020
  • HERE AT CHRISTMAS ISLAND AND ABLE TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF
  • 00:17:35.030 --> 00:17:38.010
  • JESUS THROUGH THE DISPLAY OF THIS NATIVITY SCENE BECAUSE A
  • 00:17:38.020 --> 00:17:40.220
  • CHURCH MEMBER AND A CONGREGATION DECIDED TO STAND UP FOR LIBERTY
  • 00:17:40.230 --> 00:17:44.150
  • AND THEY WON. [MUSIC] IN THE TRADITIONAL PUBLIC FORUM, A
  • 00:17:44.160 --> 00:17:50.280
  • PARK, THE NATIVITY SCENE NOT ONLY HAS THE RIGHT TO BE
  • 00:17:50.290 --> 00:17:54.130
  • DISPLAYED, TO CENSOR IT WOULD BE A VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION.
  • 00:17:54.140 --> 00:17:59.020
  • WHAT THE STATE OF KENTUCKY REALIZED, THAT IF THEY WENT TO
  • 00:17:59.030 --> 00:18:01.190
  • COURT, THEY WOULD LOSE. AND THE PRICE OF LOSING AND THE
  • 00:18:01.200 --> 00:18:05.150
  • EMBARRASSMENT THAT WOULD HAVE CAUSED ALLOWED US, THROUGH
  • 00:18:05.160 --> 00:18:07.260
  • NEGOTIATIONS, TO OPEN UP NOT JUST THIS PARK BUT OTHER PARKS
  • 00:18:07.270 --> 00:18:11.150
  • ACROSS THE STATE. AND THE SAME CONCEPT, SAME THEORY, COULD BE
  • 00:18:11.160 --> 00:18:15.080
  • UTILIZED TO OPEN UP EVERY PUBLIC PARK TO THE DISPLAY OF NATIVITY
  • 00:18:15.090 --> 00:18:18.180
  • SCENES AT CHRISTMAS. AND NO LONGER WILL THE REAL REASON FOR
  • 00:18:18.190 --> 00:18:21.270
  • THE SEASON, THE BIRTH OF JESUS, BE DENIED OR CENSORED OR
  • 00:18:21.280 --> 00:18:25.120
  • ELIMINATED BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRAT FEELS LIKE
  • 00:18:25.130 --> 00:18:28.250
  • IT'S EASIER TO REMOVE THE SYMBOL RATHER THAN HAVE TO TOLERATE IT.
  • 00:18:28.260 --> 00:18:31.260
  • [MUSIC] -WELL, IF A COMMUNITY DENIES THE RIGHT FOR PRIVATE
  • 00:18:31.270 --> 00:18:43.160
  • CITIZEN TO ERECT A NATIVITY SCENE ON PUBLIC PROPERTY, THEY
  • 00:18:43.170 --> 00:18:46.230
  • CAN LOOK FORWARD TO A LONG BATTLE BROUGHT BY THE AMERICAN
  • 00:18:46.240 --> 00:18:49.150
  • CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE.
  • 00:18:49.160 --> 00:18:51.190
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:18:51.200 --> 00:19:01.230
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:19:01.230 --> 00:19:21.030
  • OH, OH, OH
  • 00:19:21.040 --> 00:19:30.280
  • STARING OUTSIDE FROM THESE OLD WOODEN SPACES
  • 00:19:30.290 --> 00:19:35.150
  • REMEMBERING THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED THRU BEFORE
  • 00:19:35.160 --> 00:19:40.050
  • SCENT OF THE PRIMROSE, A SYMBOL OF COURAGE
  • 00:19:40.060 --> 00:19:44.250
  • MY SENTIMENT HUNGERS TO UNDERSTAND MORE
  • 00:19:44.260 --> 00:19:49.180
  • FRIENDS BROUGHT TOGETHER IN DEEP CONVERSATION
  • 00:19:49.190 --> 00:19:54.020
  • PASSIONS AND CONCERNS OF THIS HOLY LAND
  • 00:19:54.030 --> 00:19:58.250
  • ALL OF THE FACES GROWN SALLOW IN CONFLICT
  • 00:19:58.260 --> 00:20:03.140
  • BRINGING THEIR THOUGHTS TO THE QUESTION I ASK
  • 00:20:03.150 --> 00:20:08.070
  • WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING WE CAN'T HAVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN
  • 00:20:08.080 --> 00:20:17.240
  • AS ALL OF OUR WORDS FILL THIS ROOM
  • 00:20:17.250 --> 00:20:20.230
  • WILL IT CHANGE WHAT WE'VE SEEN
  • 00:20:20.240 --> 00:20:25.280
  • AND ONLY GOD KNOWS WHEN
  • 00:20:25.290 --> 00:20:30.120
  • THE CALM FROM THE STORM BEGINS
  • 00:20:30.130 --> 00:20:35.020
  • THE BASIS OF HOPE THIS HATE IS GOING TO END
  • 00:20:35.030 --> 00:20:44.120
  • WHERE NATIONS CAN LIVE IN PEACE
  • 00:20:44.130 --> 00:20:49.080
  • STRUGGLE AND BATTLES CEASE
  • 00:20:49.090 --> 00:20:53.280
  • UNDER THE HOPE OF JERUSALEM
  • 00:20:53.290 --> 00:21:01.050
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:21:01.060 --> 00:21:09.150
  • IS THIS A DAY WE CAN START A NEW CHAPTER
  • 00:21:09.160 --> 00:21:13.200
  • SHARING THE BLAME FOR THE SINS OF THE PAST
  • 00:21:13.210 --> 00:21:18.120
  • HAVING THE VISION TO CHANGE OUR CONDITIONS
  • 00:21:18.130 --> 00:21:22.260
  • OUT FROM THE SHADOWS OUR JOURNEYS HAVE CAST
  • 00:21:22.270 --> 00:21:27.190
  • THINK OF A TIME WHEN OUR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN
  • 00:21:27.200 --> 00:21:32.090
  • WILL NEVER BE TOUCHED BY THE STING OF THE GRAVE
  • 00:21:32.100 --> 00:21:37.050
  • THERE IS NO COMFORT IN ACTING WITH COURAGE
  • 00:21:37.060 --> 00:21:41.200
  • BUT NOTHING IS TOO DIFFICULT FOR THE BRAVE
  • 00:21:41.210 --> 00:21:46.140
  • ALTHOUGH WE COME FROM AN ANGUISHED AND GRIEVING LAND
  • 00:21:46.150 --> 00:21:55.270
  • THE PRAYER OF OUR HEART IS PEACE
  • 00:21:55.280 --> 00:21:58.260
  • THAT CAN ONLY COME FROM GOD'S HAND
  • 00:21:58.270 --> 00:22:04.060
  • AND ONLY GOD KNOWS WHEN
  • 00:22:04.070 --> 00:22:08.200
  • THE CALM FROM THE STORM BEGINS
  • 00:22:08.210 --> 00:22:13.100
  • THE BASIS OF HOPE THIS HATE IS GOING TO END
  • 00:22:13.110 --> 00:22:22.170
  • WHERE NATIONS CAN LIVE IN PEACE
  • 00:22:22.180 --> 00:22:27.130
  • STRUGGLE AND BATTLES CEASE
  • 00:22:27.140 --> 00:22:32.030
  • UNDER THE HOPE OF JERUSALEM
  • 00:22:32.040 --> 00:22:41.230
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:22:41.240 --> 00:22:51.250
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:22:51.250 --> 00:23:00.230
  • AND ONLY GOD KNOWS WHEN
  • 00:23:00.240 --> 00:23:05.080
  • THE CALM FROM THE STORM BEGINS
  • 00:23:05.090 --> 00:23:09.250
  • THE BASIS OF HOPE THIS HATE IS GOING TO END
  • 00:23:09.260 --> 00:23:18.210
  • WHERE NATIONS CAN LIVE IN PEACE
  • 00:23:18.220 --> 00:23:23.140
  • STRUGGLE AND BATTLES CEASE
  • 00:23:23.150 --> 00:23:28.030
  • UNDER THE HOPE OF JERUSALEM
  • 00:23:28.040 --> 00:23:37.170
  • UNDER THE HOPE OF JERUSALEM
  • 00:23:37.180 --> 00:23:46.280
  • UNDER THE HOPE OF JERUSALEM
  • 00:23:46.290 --> 00:23:54.260
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:23:54.270 --> 00:24:00.280
  • JAY SEKULOW: THAT'S
  • 00:24:00.290 --> 00:24:02.060
  • GOING TO DO IT FOR THE BROADCAST TODAY. HAVE A GREAT HOILIDAY BUT
  • 00:24:02.070 --> 00:24:03.140
  • ALSO WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO PRAY FOR AND SUPPORT THE WORK OF TBN.
  • 00:24:03.150 --> 00:24:06.220
  • AND PRAY FOR OUR TEAMS HERE AT THE ACLJ AND AROUND THE WORLD.
  • 00:24:06.230 --> 00:24:09.190
  • [MUSIC] JESUS LORD AT THY BIRTH JESUS LORD AT THEY BIRTH
  • 00:24:09.200 --> 00:24:12.210