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Christmas Special Part 2

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January 3, 2017
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  • [ANNOUNCER] LIVE FROM WASHINGTON D.C. JAY SEKULOW
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  • LIVE. PHONE LINES ARE OPEN FOR YOUR QUESTIONS RIGHT NOW.
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • AND NOW, CHIEF COUNSEL FOR THE AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW
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  • AND JUSTICE, JAY SEKULOW! JAY SEKULOW: WELCOME TO THE
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  • BROADCAST EVERYONE. I TRUST YOU HAD A WONDERFUL AND MEANINGFUL
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  • CHRISTMAS WITH YOUR FAMILY. WE WANTED TO DO SOMETHING A LITTLE
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  • BIT DIFFERENT. WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO ON THIS BROADCAST IS KIND
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  • OF TAKE A LOOK BACK. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE HAD A WHOLE SERIES, YOU
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  • COULD WRITE A BOOK ON THE NUMBER OF CASES WE'VE HAD INVOLVING
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  • CHRISTMAS, WHETHER IT'S THE INABILITY OF STUDENTS THAT
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  • WANTED TO HAVE A CHRISTMAS SONG THAT HAD A CHRISTIAN MESSAGE IN
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  • IT IN THEIR CHRISTMAS CONCERT, OR NOW THEY CALL IT A HOLIDAY
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  • CONCERT. WE HAD THE SITUATION WHERE WORDS OF SONGS WERE
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  • ACTUALLY EDITED BECAUSE OF CHRISTIAN REFERENCES TO THEM. WE
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  • EVEN HAD ONE WHERE THE WORD JESUS WAS DEEMED INAPPROPRIATE
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  • BY A SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR. I'M HAPPY TO SAY THAT A LOT OF THOSE
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  • CASES NOW GET RESOLVED VERY QUICKLY. IT'S RARE THAT YOU HAVE
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  • TO GO TO COURT OVER A FIGHT OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS OR THE
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  • CELEBRATION OF THE REAL REASON FOR THE SEASON. AND THAT IS, OF
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  • COURSE, THE CELEBRATION OF THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST. BUT THAT
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  • DIDN'T HAPPEN JUST OUT OF THE AIR. THIS WAS A LOT OF WORK THAT
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  • WENT IN, LITERALLY, FOR DECADES. AND WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO ON
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  • THIS BROADCAST IS TAKE A LOOK BACK, CASES GOING BACK DECADES
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  • THAT WERE INVOLVED IN THESE DISPUTES THAT NOW ARE REALLY SET
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  • OF LAW; LAWS DEVELOPED REALLY IN A VERY WELL MEANING WAY NOW,
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  • REALLY WELL THOUGHT OUT. I THINK THE COURTS HAVE REALLY DONE THIS
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  • RIGHT AND THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS. NOW IT WAS A LOT OF WORK ON OUR
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  • ACLJ LAWYERS AND YOUR SUPPORT OF THE ACLJ MADE THAT HAPPEN, BUT
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  • OUR ABILITY TO PUBLICIZE THESE CASES AT THE TIME ALSO HAD A
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  • DRAMATIC IMPACT ON OTHER CASES. SO YOU MAY HAVE A CASE IN 1
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  • PARTICULAR TOWN IN A PARTICULAR STATE, BUT THEN IT WOULD IMPACT
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  • OTHER CITIES IN OTHER STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY BECAUSE JUST
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  • THE NOTORIETY THAT THESE CASES WOULD GET WOULD HAVE A BIG
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  • IMPACT ON THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. SO I'M HAPPY TO GIVE YOU A REPORT
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  • WHEN IT COMES TO THE CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS IN OUR NATION'S
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  • PUBLIC SCHOOLS, IT'S GENERALLY REALLY GOOD. YOU'LL HEAR ABOUT
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  • THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS, BUT IN REALITY WE'VE BEEN REALLY
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  • SUCCESSFUL AND WE'VE HAD GREAT RESULTS GETTING THESE CASES
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  • RESOLVED NORMALLY WITHOUT LITIGATION. SOMETIMES YOU HAD TO
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  • GO TO COURT BUT MOST OF THE TIME YOU WERE ABLE TO GET IT RESOLVED
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  • THROUGH THE SCHOOL BOARD PROCEEDINGS, THROUGH THE SCHOOL
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  • OFFICIALS. YOU REALLY COULD GET THESE CASES RESOLVED AS LONG AS
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  • YOU KNEW THE FACTS OF YOUR CASE, THE LAW, AND YOU HAD A CLIENT
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  • THAT WAS WILLING TO STAND UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS. AND WHAT YOU'RE
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  • GOING TO SEE IN THIS BROADCAST TODAY ARE THESE YOUNG KIDS THAT
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  • WANTED TO STAND UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS AND THEIR PARENTS WANTED
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  • TO SUPPORT THEM IN THAT. SO IT'S AN EXCITING TIME. WE'RE REALLY
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  • EXCITED ABOUT TAKING A LOOK BACK A LITTLE BIT LATER IN THE
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  • BROADCAST YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR A VERY SPECIAL SONG THAT OUR BAND,
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  • JAY SEKULOW BAND, PUT TOGETHER ABOUT CHRISTMAS IN THE HOLY
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  • LAND. I HAD A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE BACK AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY THIS
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  • SUMMER. I WAS WORKING ON A PROGRAM THAT OXFORD HAS WHERE
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  • YOU GO IN AND YOU LECTURE AND YOU HAVE THESE GIANT PANEL
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  • DISCUSSIONS ON CONTEMPORARY ISSUES. MINE WAS ON RELIGION
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  • CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST. AND ONE OF THE TOPICS I ADDRESSED,
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  • OF COURSE, WAS ISIS, AND WE WROTE A BOOK "RISE OF ISIS" FROM
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  • THAT. BUT ALSO WHAT HAPPENED THERE, WE HAD A LOT OF
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  • INTERESTING CONVERSATIONS AND FROM THOSE CONVERSATIONS I TOOK
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  • COPIOUS NOTES OF THESE CONVERSATIONS WE WERE HAVING
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  • WITH ALL THESE YOUNG PHD CANDIDTATES FROM AROUND THE
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  • GLOBE. THESE WERE SCHOLARS IN THEIR LATES 20'S, EARLY 30'S,
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  • THAT WERE ASKING REALLY DEEP QUESTIONS. AND ONE OF THE
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  • STUDENTS ASKED ME, HE SAID DR. SEKULOW, WHAT IS THE HOPE FOR
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  • JERUSALEM? WHAT'S THE HOPE OF JERUSALEM? WHAT'S GOING TO BE
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  • THE ACTUAL HOPE? AND I SAID, WELL, YOU KNOW, IT'S THE PRINCE
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  • OF PEACE. JESUS IS THE HOPE OF JERUSALEM. AND FROM THOSE NOTES
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  • WE ACTUALLY CREATED A SONG. I'M GOING TO PLAY A LITTLE BIT OF IT
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  • FOR YOU RIGHT NOW. WE'LL PLAY THE WHOLE THING LATER IN THE
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  • BROADCAST, BUT HERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF THAT RIGHT NOW.
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • AND ONLY GOD KNOWS WHEN
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  • THE CALM FROM THE STORM BEGINS
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  • THE BASIS OF HOPE THIS HATE IS GOING TO END
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  • WHERE NATIONS CAN LIVE IN PEACE
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  • STRUGGLE AND BATTLES CEASE
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  • UNDER THE HOPE OF JERUSALEM
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • JAY SEKULOW: WELCOME BACK TO THE BROADCAST EVERYONE. LET ME ALSO
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  • AY WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT A CASE THAT INVOLVED A POP-UP BOOK
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  • INVOLVING THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS THAT ENDS UP BECOMING A
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  • CONSTITUTIONAL SHOWDOWN. -EVERY YEAR ABOUT THIS TIME 8 YEAR OLD
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  • LAURA GRESKA OF LEOMINSTER, MA READS FROM A VERY SPECIAL
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  • CHRISTMAS BOOK TO REMIND HER OF THE MEANING OF THE SEASON. -AND
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  • DON'T BE AFRAID HE SAID, I BRING YOU GOOD NEWS. TODAY IN
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  • BETHLEHEM A SAVIOR HAS BEEN BORN. YOU WILL FIND HIM LYING IN
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  • A MANGER. -LAST CHRISTMAS WHEN LAURA WAS IN THE 2ND GRADE, SHE
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  • WAS EXCITED ABOUT AN ASSIGNMENT HER PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER GAVE
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  • TO THE CLASS: BRING IN A BOOK, THE TEACHER SAID, THAT SHARES
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  • YOUR FAMILY'S CHRISTMAS TRADITION. -SO THE TEACHER
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  • 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. SHE TOLD ME I COULD JUST SHOW A COUPLE OF
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  • PAGES, PICTURES. -AT FIRST, LAURA AND HER PARENTS, BOB AND
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  • JESSE GRESKA, DIDN'T KNOW WHY SHE WASN'T ALLOWED TO READ FROM
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  • HER FROM HER POP-UP BOOK CALLED "THE FIRST CHRISTMAS". BUT IT
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  • WASN'T LONG BEFORE LAURA FIGURED OUT WHAT THE TEACHER WAS
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  • THINKING. -SHE THOUGHT IT WAS RELIGIOUS AND THAT I JUST
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  • COULDN'T READ IT. BUT I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY ALL THE OTHER
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  • KIDS COULD READ THEIR, LIKE, HANUKKAH BOOKS AND EVERYTHING.
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  • -THAT'S VERY MUCH A CHILD'S BOOK. IT'S A POP-UP BOOK. IT'S
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  • NOT LIKE SHE'S UP THERE PREACHING TO KIDS. SHE JUST
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  • WANTS TO READ HER CHILD'S STORY TO THE OTHER KIDS IN HER CLASS.
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  • -SO THE GRESKA'S SPOKE WITH LAURA'S TEACHER AT NORTHWEST
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  • ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ASKING WHY LAURA WAS TREATED DIFFERENTLY
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  • FROM THE OTHER KIDS. -BASICALLY, SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS
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  • FOLLOWING POLICY ALTHOUGH SHE WAS A LITTLE BIT CONFUSED ON
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  • WHAT THE POLICY ACTUALLY WAS. SO THEN WE SPOKE WITH THE
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  • PRINCIPAL. THE PRINCIPAL SAID THE SAME THING; THAT WHAT THE
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  • TEACHER HAD DONES WAS CORRECT. -AND THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE
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  • LEOMINSTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS ALSO AGREED THAT THE TEACHER WAS
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  • FOLLOWING SCHOOL POLICY. -AND SO AT THAT POINT, WE THOUGHT WE
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  • SHOULD GO FURTHER WITH THAT AND SO WE CONTACTED THE ACLJ.
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  • -VINCENT MCCARTHY IS THE AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND
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  • JUSTICE ATTORNEY REPRESENTING THE GRESKAS IN A FEDERAL LAW
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  • SUIT AGAINST THE LEOMINSTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS. MCCARTHY SAYS
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  • LAURA GRESKA HASN'T BEEN ALLOWED TO EXERCISE HER RIGHT TO FREE
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  • SPEECH ON AN EQUAL BASIS WITH THE REST OF THE STUDENTS. -NO
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  • ONE ELSE WAS SINGLED OUT AND SAID THAT WHAT YOU BROUGHT IN
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  • WAS INAPPROPRIATE. SO THE SUBJECT MATTER OF WHAT LAURA
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  • BROUGHT IN WAS DEEMED TO BE INAPPROPRIATE, OUT OF BOUNDS.
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  • AND THAT'S VIEWPOINT DISCRIMINATION, AND THAT
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  • VIOLATES THE FIRST AMENDMENT. -HE SAYS BY BARRING LAURA FROM
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  • READING HER BOOK IN CLASS, THE SCHOOL HAS PUT RELIGIOUS SPEECH
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  • IN THE SAME CATEGORY AS PROFANITY. -SO RELIGIOUS SPEECH
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  • IS LUMPED IN WITH PROFANITY AS A SUBJECT MATTER NOT PERMITTED IN
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  • A WORLD THAT OTHERWISE PERMITS ALL OTHER POINTS OF VIEW. SO
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  • IT'S KIND OF RIDICULOUS THAT RELIGION, OR RELIGIOUS SPEECH,
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  • IS BEING PLACED TOGETHER WITH PROFANITY. -ACLJ ATTORNEYS HAVE
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  • TRIED TO RESOLVE THIS MATTER WITHOUT GOING TO COURT OVER IT,
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  • BUT THE SCHOOL HAS REFUSED TO DISCUSS CHANGING ITS POLICY AND
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  • SETTLING THE CASE. CBN NEWS WAS UNABLE TO REACH A SCHOOL
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  • REPRESENTATIVE FOR COMMENT AND CALLS TO THE SCHOOL'S ATTORNEY
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  • WERE NOT RETURNED. AS FOR THE GRESKAS, ALL THEY WANT IS FOR
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  • THE SCHOOL TO TREAT ALL THE STUDENTS EQUALY AND FAIRLY.
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  • -WHAT WE'D LIKE TO SEE IS THAT EVERY CHILD HAS THE OPPORTUNITY
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  • TO BRING IN A BOOK OF THEIR TRADITION OF THEIR CHOICE. -THE
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  • GRESKAS HAD HOPED THAT THIS WHOLE THING WOULD BE RESOLVED BY
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  • CHRISTMAS, BUT CHRISTMAS IS JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS AWAY AND THE
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  • SCHOOL STILL SEEMS UNWILLING TO BEND. SO IT MAY BE ANOTHER YEAR
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  • BEFORE KIDS IN THE LEOMINSTER, MA PUBLIC SCHOOLS CAN TALK ABOUT
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  • JESUS AS PART OF THEIR CHRISTMAS TRADITION. ANDREA GARRETT, CBN
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  • NEWS. -THAT CASE WAS SUCCESSFULLY RESOLVED AND SO WAS
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  • THE NEXT CASE THAT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE IN JUST A MOMENT
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  • INVOLVING NATIVITY SCENES. YOU KNOW, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, 20
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  • YEARS AFTER WE'VE HAD SUCCESS AT THE SUPREME COURT ON THE ISSUE
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  • OF NATIVITY SCENES, EVERY YEAR SOMEWHERE THERE BECOMES AN ISSUE
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  • OVER NATIVITY SCENES. NOW THE GOOD NEWS IS WE GET THEM
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  • RESOLVED QUICKLY. BUT THESE CASES WILL SHOW YOU WHY WE'RE
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  • ABLE TO GET THOSE CASES RESOLVED SO QUICKLY NOW. TAKE A LOOK:
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  • -IN TOWNS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AMERICANS ARE GETTING READY FOR
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  • CHRISTMAS AND HANUKKAH. [MUSIC] FIFTY 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. BUT NOT ANYMORE. -IT GETS ABSURD THIS
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  • TIME OF YEAR. YOU CAN'T CALL IT A CHRISTMAS TREE. YOU CAN'T SAY
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  • MERRY CHRISTMAS IN THE HALLWAYS. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO FREEDOM OF
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  • SPEECH? WHY CAN'T WE CALL THESE THINGS WHAT WE KNOW THEM TO BE?
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  • -AND THE LEGAL BATTLES THAT HAVE RESULTED HAVE USUALLY GONE
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  • 1 WAY: TO DRIVE RELIGION AND ITS SYMBOLS OUT OF THE AMERICAN
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  • PUBLIC SQUARE WHERE THEY HAVE THRIVED SINCE THE REVOLUTION.
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  • -PRIVATE CITIZENS HAVE BEEN DENIED BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
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  • THE RIGHT TO EQUAL ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT FACILITIES, WHETHER
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  • IT'S PARKS OR OTHER PULBLIC AREAS TO PLACE THEIR NATIVITY
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  • SCENES FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. -THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS
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  • IS THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST. AND THAT IS OUR SYMBOL IS THE
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  • CRECHE SCENE, THE NATIVITY SCENE. I DIDN'T KNOW THAT THAT
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  • WASN'T ALLOWED. IT'S IN THE DICTIONARY. THAT'S WHAT
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  • CHRISTMAS IS. I THOUGHT THAT'S WHAT EVERYBODY KNEW. -I TALKED
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  • WITH MY SUPERVISOR FIRST AND HE TOLD ME THAT HE WOULD TALK WITH
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  • THE TOWN ATTORNEY. AND HE DID AND HE GOT BACK WITH ME AND SAID
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  • THAT IT WASN'T PERMISSABLE. THAT I COULD PUT IT UP IN MY HOME, OR
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  • A FRIENDS HOME, OR IN FRONT OF A CHURCH OR SOMETHING. -THE LOCAL
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  • 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. -THE POSITION WE'VE TAKEN IS THAT THE NATIVITY SCENE IS
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  • THE REASON WHY CHRISTMAS EXISTS. AND THAT HAVING A DISPLAY AT
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  • CHRISTMAS ISLAND OR ANY OTHER PARK IN THE COUNTRY THAT REFUSES
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  • TO ALLOW THE SYMBOL OF CHRISTMAS, THE NATIVITY SCENE,
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  • THE BIRTH OF JESUS REPRESENTED IN LIGHTS AND COLORS, WHATEVER
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  • IT MIGHT BE, WOULD BE CENSORSHIP. -THEY STATED IT
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  • WOULD BE AGAINST THE ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE FOR THIS
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  • PRIVATE CITIZEN TO ERECT HER NATIVITY SCENE ON PUBLIC
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  • PROPERTY. -THERE'S BEEN SO MUCH CONTROVERSY, I NEVER IMAGINED
  • 00:11:23.210 --> 00:11:26.280
  • IT. THIS IS A VERY SMALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY. A LOT OF
  • 00:11:26.290 --> 00:11:30.040
  • BAPTIST CHURCHES AND A LOT OF CHRISTIANS IN THIS COMMUNITY,
  • 00:11:30.050 --> 00:11:34.060
  • AND YET THEY'RE STILL, I THINK, FIGHTING WITH THIS SAME ISSUE,
  • 00:11:34.070 --> 00:11:38.050
  • SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. AND I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND
  • 00:11:38.060 --> 00:11:41.040
  • THAT. -BUT AFTER A SERIES OF LETTERS AND ORAL CONVERSATIONS
  • 00:11:41.050 --> 00:11:44.240
  • VIA TELEPHONE, WE CONVINCED THEM THAT IT WOULD NOT OFFEND THE
  • 00:11:44.250 --> 00:11:48.090
  • ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE IF CINDY PENNINGTON HAD EQUAL ACCESS TO
  • 00:11:48.100 --> 00:11:51.290
  • PLACE HER NATIVITY SCENE ON PUBLIC PROPERTY. -IN THE
  • 00:11:52.000 --> 00:11:55.230
  • TRADITIONAL PUBLIC FORUM, A PARK, THE NATIVITY SCENE NOT
  • 00:11:55.240 --> 00:11:59.140
  • ONLY HAS THE RIGHT TO BE DISPLAYED, TO CENSOR IT WOULD BE
  • 00:11:59.150 --> 00:12:03.000
  • A VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION. WHAT THE STATE OF KENTUCKY
  • 00:12:03.010 --> 00:12:06.050
  • REALIZED THAT IF THEY WENT TO COURT, THEY WOULD LOSE. AND THE
  • 00:12:06.060 --> 00:12:09.290
  • PRICE OF LOSING AND THE EMBARRASSMENT THAT WOULD CAUSE
  • 00:12:10.000 --> 00:12:12.240
  • ALLOWED US, THROUGH NEGOTIATIONS, TO OPEN UP, NOT
  • 00:12:12.250 --> 00:12:16.100
  • JUST THIS PARK, BUT OTHER PARKS ACROSS THE STATE AND THE SAME
  • 00:12:16.110 --> 00:12:19.160
  • CONCEPT, SAME THEORY, COULD BE UTILIZED TO OPEN UP EVERY PUBLIC
  • 00:12:19.170 --> 00:12:23.080
  • PARK TO THE DISPLAY OF NATIVITY SCENES AT CHRISTMAS. -THERE
  • 00:12:23.090 --> 00:12:26.130
  • HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS CASES OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS DEALING WITH
  • 00:12:26.140 --> 00:12:29.020
  • PRIVATE CITIZENS HAVING EQUAL ACCESS, TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES,
  • 00:12:29.030 --> 00:12:32.170
  • EVEN IF THAT EXPRESSION IS RELIGIOUS SPEECH ON PUBLIC
  • 00:12:32.180 --> 00:12:35.220
  • PROPERTY. AND THIS IS JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE, THIS VICTORY,
  • 00:12:35.230 --> 00:12:38.170
  • WHICH TELLS US THAT PRIVATE CITIZENS, INDEED, HAVE THE RIGHT
  • 00:12:38.180 --> 00:12:42.240
  • TO PLACE CRECHES OR ENGAGE IN RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION ON PUBLIC
  • 00:12:42.250 --> 00:12:46.170
  • PROPERTY. -IN PUBLIC PLACES, PEOPLE, CHURCHES, CHRISTIANS,
  • 00:12:46.180 --> 00:12:50.080
  • HAVE THE RIGHT TO DISPLAY THEIR VIEWS, TO SHARE THEIR FAITH,
  • 00:12:50.090 --> 00:12:53.240
  • WHETHER IT'S THROUGH WRITTEN LITERATURE OR THROUGH A NATIVITY
  • 00:12:53.250 --> 00:12:56.200
  • SCENE. AND NO LONGER WILL THE REAL REASON FOR THE SEASON, THE
  • 00:12:56.210 --> 00:13:00.110
  • BIRTH OF JESUS, BE DENIED OR CENSORED OR ELIMINATED BECAUSE A
  • 00:13:00.120 --> 00:13:04.040
  • GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRAT FEELS LIKE IT'S EASIER TO REMOVE THE SYMBOL
  • 00:13:04.050 --> 00:13:08.090
  • RATHER THAN HAVE TO TOLERATE IT. AGAIN THAT CASE WAS SUCCESSFULLY
  • 00:13:08.100 --> 00:13:12.160
  • RESOLVED. AND BY THE WAY, THOSE CASES ARE SUCCESSFULLY RESOLVED
  • 00:13:12.170 --> 00:13:15.060
  • NOT JUST BECAUSE WE HAVE GREAT LAWYERS IN THE FIELD, OR THAT WE
  • 00:13:15.070 --> 00:13:18.080
  • HAVE A GREAT MEDIA TEAM THAT GETS THE INFORMATION OUT. IT'S
  • 00:13:18.090 --> 00:13:20.220
  • BECAUSE OF YOU. YOUR SUPPORT OF THE ACLJ MAKES THESE CASES
  • 00:13:20.230 --> 00:13:24.220
  • SUCCESSFUL. WE'VE GOT A LOT MORE TO TALK ABOUT. STAY TUNED.
  • 00:13:24.230 --> 00:13:27.230
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:13:27.240 --> 00:13:28.190
  • AND ONLY GOD KNOWS WHEN
  • 00:13:28.200 --> 00:13:32.240
  • THE CALM FROM THE STORM BEGINS
  • 00:13:32.250 --> 00:13:37.150
  • THE BASIS OF HOPE THIS HATE IS GOING TO END
  • 00:13:37.160 --> 00:13:46.220
  • WHERE NATIONS CAN LIVE IN PEACE
  • 00:13:46.230 --> 00:13:51.150
  • STRUGGLE AND BATTLES CEASE
  • 00:13:51.160 --> 00:13:56.060
  • UNDER THE HOPE OF JERUSALEM
  • 00:13:56.070 --> 00:14:04.080
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:14:04.090 --> 00:14:09.120
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:14:10.060 --> 00:14:14.070
  • JAY SEKULOW: WELCOME BACK TO THE BROADCAST EVERYONE. AS I SAID,
  • 00:14:14.080 --> 00:14:15.190
  • WE'RE TAKING A LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THE KEY CASES WE'VE HAD OVER
  • 00:14:15.200 --> 00:14:18.100
  • THE ISSUE OF THE CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS DURING THE CHRISTMAS
  • 00:14:18.110 --> 00:14:21.120
  • SEASON IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, ESPECIALLY, BUT IN OTHER PLACES
  • 00:14:21.130 --> 00:14:23.270
  • AS WELL. THIS IS AN INTERESTING STORY, A STUDENT SIMPLY WANTS TO
  • 00:14:23.280 --> 00:14:27.060
  • SING "NOEL" AS PART OF THE WINTER PAGEANT AS THEY CALLED IT
  • 00:14:27.070 --> 00:14:30.050
  • OR WINTER FESTIVAL CONCERT. "NOEL" VERY SIMPLE, WE KNOW THE
  • 00:14:30.060 --> 00:14:33.220
  • SONG, MEANINGFUL SONG ABOUT JESUS. IT WAS CENSORED. TAKE A
  • 00:14:33.230 --> 00:14:37.190
  • LOOK BACK: -THIS LITTLE GIRL WITH THE CAPTIVATING SMILE IS
  • 00:14:37.200 --> 00:14:41.170
  • CARA RUSSELL. SHE IS A BEAUTY AND TALENT CONTEST WINNER. THIS
  • 00:14:41.180 --> 00:14:45.150
  • HOME VIDEO CAPTURES HER COMPETING AT THE LOS VEGAS DUNES
  • 00:14:45.160 --> 00:14:48.180
  • HOTEL. BUT WHEN SHE WANTED TO PARTICIPATE IN HER SCHOOL WINTER
  • 00:14:48.190 --> 00:14:52.130
  • PAGEANT, SHE RAN INTO A SNAG. -I WENT IN TO THE MUSIC TEACHER
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  • AND ASKED HER IF I COULD SING AND SHE SAID, PICK A SONG. AND
  • 00:14:55.220 --> 00:14:59.000
  • THEN I HAD A FRIEND STAY THE NIGHT AND WE PICKED "NOEL". AND
  • 00:14:59.010 --> 00:15:02.250
  • I WENT IN THE NEXT DAY AND TOLD HER THAT I WANTED TO SING "NOEL"
  • 00:15:02.260 --> 00:15:06.130
  • AND SHE SAID I'M SORRY, BUT THE PRINCIPAL SAID THAT WE CAN'T
  • 00:15:06.140 --> 00:15:12.230
  • HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH CHRIST IN OUR SONGS OR IN OUR WINTER
  • 00:15:12.240 --> 00:15:16.130
  • CONCERT. -THE SONG "THE FIRST NOEL" IS A SONG ABOUT THE FIRST
  • 00:15:16.140 --> 00:15:20.080
  • CHRISTMAS, THE BIRTH OF CHRIST. AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHY CARA
  • 00:15:20.090 --> 00:15:23.150
  • CHOSE TO SING IT. -CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT CHRIST AND "NOEL" HAD
  • 00:15:23.160 --> 00:15:28.030
  • CHRIST IN IT AND I THOUGHT THAT "NOEL" WAS A BEAUTIFUL SONG AND
  • 00:15:28.040 --> 00:15:31.290
  • I HAD A TAPE ABOUT IT. AND I PRACTICED IT AND IT WAS A
  • 00:15:32.000 --> 00:15:37.240
  • BEAUTIFUL SONG, SO THAT'S WHY I CHOSE "NOEL". -CARA'S MOTHER,
  • 00:15:37.250 --> 00:15:41.060
  • TAMARA, SAYS CARA'S TEACHER HAD NO ALTERNATIVE. -BUT THE
  • 00:15:41.070 --> 00:15:44.200
  • TEACHER WAS SYMPATHETIC. SHE SAID BEFORE I'VE ALWAYS BEEN
  • 00:15:44.210 --> 00:15:48.250
  • ABLE TO TEACH IT BUT SHE'S NEW AT THE SCHOOL AND SHE SAID THE
  • 00:15:48.260 --> 00:15:51.170
  • PRINCIPAL INFORMED ALL THE TEACHERS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE
  • 00:15:51.180 --> 00:15:54.040
  • YEAR THAT THERE WERE TO BE NO RELIGIOUS THINGS AT CHRISTMAS OR
  • 00:15:54.050 --> 00:15:58.290
  • TAUGHT AT ALL. -CARA SAYS HER TEACHER PRACTICED OTHER SONGS
  • 00:15:59.000 --> 00:16:02.140
  • WITH HER AND SHE WAS TOLD SHE COULD SING EITHER "WHITE
  • 00:16:02.150 --> 00:16:05.080
  • CHRISTMAS" OR "JINGLE BELL ROCK". -I WAS MAD BUT I FELT
  • 00:16:05.090 --> 00:16:09.150
  • LIKE GETTING HOME AND TELLING MY MOM SO SHE COULD DO SOMETHING
  • 00:16:09.160 --> 00:16:11.160
  • ABOUT IT CAUSE I KNOW SHE WOULDN'T JUST LET IT GO. SHE
  • 00:16:11.170 --> 00:16:15.110
  • WOULD DEFINITELY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT. -WHEN MY DAUGHTER
  • 00:16:15.120 --> 00:16:18.100
  • CAME HOME AND TOLD ME, THE FIRST THING I DID WAS PRAY. -THEN SHE
  • 00:16:18.110 --> 00:16:23.160
  • FAXED THE CASE LEGAL TEAM FOR HELP TO FIND OUT HER OPTIONS AND
  • 00:16:23.170 --> 00:16:27.020
  • HOW TO DEFEND HER DAUGHTER. -THEY CALLED ME AND TOLD ME
  • 00:16:27.030 --> 00:16:30.140
  • EXACTLY THE STEPS HE WAS GOING TO TAKE AND HE DID IT
  • 00:16:30.150 --> 00:16:33.060
  • SCRIPTURAL. HE SAID WE'RE GOING TO WRITE THEM A LETTER FIRST
  • 00:16:33.070 --> 00:16:36.080
  • ALLOWING THEM TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS ACCORDING TO MATTHEW AND
  • 00:16:36.090 --> 00:16:39.100
  • HE GAVE ME THE SCRIPTURES. I THOUGHT THAT WAS REALLY NEAT.
  • 00:16:39.110 --> 00:16:42.050
  • AND WHEN HE SENT THE LETTER, HE SAID THIS IS WHO WE ARE, THIS IS
  • 00:16:42.060 --> 00:16:45.290
  • WHO WE'VE REPRESENTED, THIS IS THE LAW, AND WE GIVE YOU UNTIL
  • 00:16:46.000 --> 00:16:50.000
  • DECEMBER 2ND TO ALLOW HER TO SING. I THOUGHT THAT WAS REALLY
  • 00:16:50.010 --> 00:16:53.130
  • NEAT. -IT IS CENSORSHIP. WHEN SOMEONE IS ASKED TO SING A SONG,
  • 00:16:53.140 --> 00:16:57.240
  • CHOOSE WHATEVER SONG THEY'D LIKE, AND THEN TOLD, NO, YOU
  • 00:16:57.250 --> 00:17:00.180
  • CAN'T SING THAT ONE BECAUSE IT'S ABOUT JESUS; WE'RE NOT GOING TO
  • 00:17:00.190 --> 00:17:04.090
  • ALLOW THAT AT THE PUBLIC SCHOOL. FORTUNATELY, SCHOOL
  • 00:17:04.100 --> 00:17:07.040
  • ADMINISTRATORS UNDERSTOOD AFTER WE MET WITH THEM, SPOKE WITH
  • 00:17:07.050 --> 00:17:09.230
  • THEM, THAT THEY CANNOT ELIMINATE HER SPEECH JUST BECAUSE IT'S
  • 00:17:09.240 --> 00:17:12.260
  • ABOUT JESUS OR THE BIRTH OF CHRIST, WHICH THE SONG WAS
  • 00:17:12.270 --> 00:17:15.100
  • REALLY DEALING WITH. AND IN THIS CASE WE SAW A SUCCESSFUL
  • 00:17:15.110 --> 00:17:18.090
  • CONCLUSION. -CASE CHIEF COUNSEL, JAY SEKULOW, SAYS THE
  • 00:17:18.100 --> 00:17:20.200
  • FEDERAL COURTS HAVE BROUGHT CONFUSION TO PUBLIC SCHOOL
  • 00:17:20.210 --> 00:17:23.250
  • ADMINISTRATORS OVER THE ISSUE OF RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES IN THE
  • 00:17:23.260 --> 00:17:27.040
  • SCHOOLS. AND SOMETIMES PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR'S HESITANCE
  • 00:17:27.050 --> 00:17:30.290
  • TO ALLOW CHRISTIAN SPEECH IS IGNORANCE. -OTHER TIMES,
  • 00:17:31.000 --> 00:17:34.110
  • UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S OPEN HOSTILITY. AND IT'S IN A WAY,
  • 00:17:34.120 --> 00:17:37.180
  • OPEN SHOOTING SEASON IF THE CHRISTIAN STUDENT AND THEIR
  • 00:17:37.190 --> 00:17:41.110
  • PARENTS DON'T STAND UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS. FORTUNATELY, WE'RE
  • 00:17:41.120 --> 00:17:44.050
  • STARTING TO SEE STUDENTS AND PARENTS RISE TO THE OCCASION
  • 00:17:44.060 --> 00:17:47.060
  • BECAUSE THEY'RE UNDERSTANDING WHAT THEIR RIGHTS ARE AND STAND
  • 00:17:47.070 --> 00:17:49.210
  • UP FOR GODLY RIGHTS INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO SHARE THEIR FAITH
  • 00:17:49.220 --> 00:17:53.040
  • AT THE EVENT THAT'S AT ISSUE OR TO SING A SONG FROM A CHRSITIAN
  • 00:17:53.050 --> 00:17:56.270
  • PERSPECTIVE. AND THAT'S THE EXCITING THING FOR WHEN STUDENTS
  • 00:17:56.280 --> 00:17:59.150
  • START EXERCISING THEIR RIGHTS AND THEN WE CAN MARCH INTO COURT
  • 00:17:59.160 --> 00:18:02.230
  • OR INTO A SCHOOL BOARD HEARING AND INSIST THAT THOSE RIGHTS ARE
  • 00:18:02.240 --> 00:18:05.180
  • PROTECTED. -GENERAL COUNCIL FOR THE CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL
  • 00:18:05.190 --> 00:18:07.280
  • DISTRICT, DONALD TATE, SAYS CARA'S PRINCIPAL WAS ACTING ON A
  • 00:18:07.290 --> 00:18:11.260
  • MEMO SENT TO ALL PRINCIPALS FROM HIS OFFICE. -THERE WAS A MEMO
  • 00:18:11.270 --> 00:18:15.200
  • THAT WENT OUT FROM OUR ADMINISTRATION TO PRINCIPALS
  • 00:18:15.210 --> 00:18:19.130
  • THAT SAID THAT GENERALLY RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES SHOULD BE
  • 00:18:19.140 --> 00:18:24.120
  • AVOIDED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND SO THE PRINCIPAL RESPONDING TO
  • 00:18:24.130 --> 00:18:29.010
  • THAT MEMO FELT THAT IT WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE TO SING "NOEL" AND
  • 00:18:29.020 --> 00:18:34.110
  • THE SCHOOL PROGRAM. -BUT WHEN THE ADMINISTRATION RECEIVED THE
  • 00:18:34.120 --> 00:18:37.200
  • CASE DEMAND LETTER OUTLINING THE LAW AND CARA'S FIRST AMENDMENT
  • 00:18:37.210 --> 00:18:41.110
  • RIGHTS, THE ADMINISTRATION QUICKLY INFORMED THE PRINCIPAL
  • 00:18:41.120 --> 00:18:44.190
  • THAT CARA SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SING "THE FIRST NOEL". CARA SAYS
  • 00:18:44.200 --> 00:18:48.260
  • IT WASN'T LONG AFTER THAT THAT SHE WAS INFORMED BY HER
  • 00:18:48.270 --> 00:18:51.290
  • PRINCIPAL OF THE GOOD NEWS. -MY MOM WAS REALLY PRAISING THE
  • 00:18:52.000 --> 00:18:55.180
  • LORD, JUMPING UP AND DOWN, COULDN'T WAIT TILL MY DAD GOT
  • 00:18:55.190 --> 00:18:57.280
  • HOME, REALLY PRAISING THE LORD. SHE WAS EXCITED. -THE EVENING
  • 00:18:57.290 --> 00:19:03.130
  • OF THE SCHOOL PAGEANT, CARA PRACTICED WITH HER MOTHER ONE
  • 00:19:03.140 --> 00:19:06.110
  • LAST TIME AS THEY MADE CHRISTMAS CANDY TOGETHER. AND WHAT WOULD
  • 00:19:06.120 --> 00:19:09.290
  • SHE BE THINKING ABOUT WHEN SHE SANG THAT EVENING BEFORE HER
  • 00:19:10.000 --> 00:19:12.260
  • FELLOW STUDENTS, PARENTS AND TEACHERS? [A CAPPELLA] IN FIELDS
  • 00:19:12.270 --> 00:19:16.200
  • WHERE THEY LAY KEEPING THEIR SHEEP -I'LL BE THINKING ABOUT
  • 00:19:16.210 --> 00:19:22.030
  • MY FAMILY AND GOD AND HOW GREAT HE WAS TO HAVE ME SING THIS AND
  • 00:19:22.040 --> 00:19:27.210
  • HE JUST HELPED ME ALL THE WAY THROUGH IT AND HE'S REALLY
  • 00:19:27.220 --> 00:19:31.200
  • GREAT. [MUSIC] NOEL, NOEL NOEL, NOEL BORN IS THE KING OF ISRAEL
  • 00:19:31.210 --> 00:19:41.220
  • GREAT. [MUSIC] NOEL, NOEL NOEL, NOEL BORN IS THE KING OF ISRAEL
  • 00:19:41.220 --> 00:19:51.200
  • -AS I MENTIONED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE BROADCAST,
  • 00:19:51.210 --> 00:19:52.290
  • THESE CASES INVOLVING, LIKE, FOR INSTANCE, THE SINGING OF "NOEL"
  • 00:19:53.000 --> 00:19:55.040
  • AT CHRISTMAS, HAVE GENERALLY BEEN RESOLVED VERY SUCCESSFULLY.
  • 00:19:55.050 --> 00:19:58.080
  • THAT'S BECAUSE, AGAIN, OF YOUR SUPPORT TO THE ACLJ, FOR WHICH
  • 00:19:58.090 --> 00:20:01.010
  • WE ARE GRATEFUL. I ALSO MENTIONED EARLY ON THIS
  • 00:20:01.020 --> 00:20:03.130
  • CONVERSATION I HAD WITH STUDENTS WHILE I WAS TEACHING AT OXFORD
  • 00:20:03.140 --> 00:20:06.090
  • UNIVERSITY THIS SUMMER. ONE OF THOSE DISCUSSIONS ENDED UP
  • 00:20:06.100 --> 00:20:10.040
  • BECOMING A SONG, I THINK A REALLY MEANINGFUL SONG ABOUT THE
  • 00:20:10.050 --> 00:20:14.010
  • ULTIMATE HOPE OF JERUSALEM, WHICH OF COURSE, IS THE PRINCE
  • 00:20:14.020 --> 00:20:17.060
  • OF PEACE. THE SONG'S CALLED "HOPE OF JERUSALEM". IT'S
  • 00:20:17.070 --> 00:20:20.030
  • PERFORMED BY OUR JAY SEKULOW BAND. TAKE A LISTEN.
  • 00:20:20.040 --> 00:20:24.060
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:20:24.070 --> 00:20:34.080
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:20:34.080 --> 00:20:44.100
  • STARING OUTSIDE FROM THESE OLD WOODEN SPACES
  • 00:20:44.110 --> 00:20:48.050
  • REMEMBERING THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED THRU BEFORE
  • 00:20:48.060 --> 00:20:52.200
  • SCENT OF THE PRIMROSE, A SYMBOL OF COURAGE
  • 00:20:52.210 --> 00:20:57.120
  • MY SENTIMENT HUNGERS TO UNDERSTAND MORE
  • 00:20:57.130 --> 00:21:02.110
  • FRIENDS BROUGHT TOGETHER IN DEEP CONVERSATION
  • 00:21:02.120 --> 00:21:06.270
  • PASSIONS AND CONCERNS OF THIS HOLY LAND
  • 00:21:06.280 --> 00:21:11.170
  • ALL OF THE FACES GROWN SALLOW WITH CONFLICT
  • 00:21:11.180 --> 00:21:16.080
  • BRINGING THEIR THOUGHTS TO THE QUESTION I ASK
  • 00:21:16.090 --> 00:21:21.010
  • WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING
  • 00:21:21.020 --> 00:21:23.060
  • WE CAN'T HAVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN
  • 00:21:23.070 --> 00:21:30.120
  • AS ALL OF OUR WORDS FILL THIS ROOM
  • 00:21:30.130 --> 00:21:33.120
  • WILL IT CHANGE WHAT WE'VE SEEN
  • 00:21:33.130 --> 00:21:39.040
  • AND ONLY GOD KNOWS WHEN
  • 00:21:39.050 --> 00:21:43.040
  • THE CALM FROM THE STORM BEGINS
  • 00:21:43.050 --> 00:21:47.260
  • THE BASIS OF HOPE THIS HATE IS GOING TO END
  • 00:21:47.270 --> 00:21:57.050
  • WHERE NATIONS CAN LIVE IN PEACE
  • 00:21:57.060 --> 00:22:01.290
  • STRUGGLE AND BATTLES CEASE
  • 00:22:02.000 --> 00:22:06.190
  • UNDER THE HOPE OF JERUSALEM
  • 00:22:06.200 --> 00:22:14.280
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:22:14.290 --> 00:22:22.200
  • IS THIS A DAY WE CAN START A NEW CHAPTER
  • 00:22:22.210 --> 00:22:26.120
  • SHARING THE BLAME FOR THE SINS OF THE PAST
  • 00:22:26.130 --> 00:22:31.030
  • HAVING THE VISION TO CHANGE OUR CONDITIONS
  • 00:22:31.040 --> 00:22:35.180
  • OUT FROM THE SHADOWS OUR JOURNEYS HAVE CAST
  • 00:22:35.190 --> 00:22:40.150
  • THINK OF A TIME WHEN OUR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN
  • 00:22:40.160 --> 00:22:45.010
  • WILL NEVER BE TOUCHED BY THE STING OF THE GRAVE
  • 00:22:45.020 --> 00:22:49.220
  • THERE IS NO COMFORT IN ACTING WITH COURAGE
  • 00:22:49.230 --> 00:22:54.100
  • BUT NOTHING IS TOO DIFFICULT FOR THE BRAVE
  • 00:22:54.110 --> 00:22:59.080
  • ALTHOUGH WE COME FROM AN ANGUISHED
  • 00:22:59.090 --> 00:23:02.280
  • AND GRIEVING LAND
  • 00:23:02.290 --> 00:23:08.250
  • THE PRAYER OF OUR HEART IS PEACE
  • 00:23:08.260 --> 00:23:11.250
  • THAT CAN ONLY COME FROM GOD'S HAND
  • 00:23:11.260 --> 00:23:17.010
  • AND ONLY GOD KNOWS WHEN
  • 00:23:17.020 --> 00:23:21.120
  • THE CALM FROM THE STORM BEGINS
  • 00:23:21.130 --> 00:23:26.000
  • THE BASIS OF HOPE THIS HATE IS GOING TO END
  • 00:23:26.010 --> 00:23:35.170
  • WHERE NATIONS CAN LIVE IN PEACE
  • 00:23:35.180 --> 00:23:40.070
  • STRUGGLE AND BATTLES CEASE
  • 00:23:40.080 --> 00:23:44.260
  • UNDER THE HOPE OF JERUSALEM
  • 00:23:44.270 --> 00:23:52.190
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:23:52.200 --> 00:24:02.230
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:24:02.230 --> 00:24:13.160
  • AND ONLY GOD KNOWS WHEN
  • 00:24:13.170 --> 00:24:17.140
  • THE CALM FROM THE STORM BEGINS
  • 00:24:17.150 --> 00:24:22.050
  • THE BASIS OF HOPE THIS HATE IS GOING TO END
  • 00:24:22.060 --> 00:24:31.170
  • WHERE NATIONS CAN LIVE IN PEACE
  • 00:24:31.180 --> 00:24:36.070
  • STRUGGLE AND BATTLES CEASE
  • 00:24:36.080 --> 00:24:40.280
  • UNDER THE HOPE OF JERUSALEM
  • 00:24:40.290 --> 00:24:50.250
  • UNDER THE HOPE OF JERUSALEM
  • 00:24:50.260 --> 00:25:00.020
  • UNDER THE HOPE OF JERUSALEM
  • 00:25:00.030 --> 00:25:11.000
  • JAY SEKULOW: WELL, THAT'S GOING TO
  • 00:25:11.010 --> 00:25:11.220
  • DO IT FOR OUR BROADCAST THIS
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  • WEEK. AND IT'S OUR LAST BROADCAST OF THIS YEAR. WE LOOK
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  • FORWARD TO COMING TO YOU WITH MORE NEWS AND INFORMATION, OF
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  • COURSE, NEXT YEAR ON OUR BROADCAST. AND AS I CLOSE THESE
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  • BROADCASTS OUT, I ALWAYS WANT TO THANK OUR FRIENDS AT THE TRINITY
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  • BROADCASTING NETWORK, THEY'RE LIKE FAMILY TO US, AND WE COME
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  • TO YOU EACH AND EVERY WEEK ON TBN AND I TELL YOU THIS EVERY
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  • WEEK AND IT'S THE TRUTH, FOLKS, WE'RE NOT PAYING FOR THIS
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  • AIRTIME. AND THAT MEANS I CAN TAKE THOSE RESOURCES AND DEPLOY
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  • THEM IN THE FIELD, TO GET MORE LAWYERS OUT THERE DEFENDING
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  • CHRISTIANS AROUND THE GLOBE. FOR THAT I WANT TO THANK THE TBN
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  • FAMILY, AND THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE GREAT WORK OF
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  • TBN. AND LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT WITH YOUR
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  • PRAYERS AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT. HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR.
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