The principal, football coach and former student body president of Pace High School successfully urged a House committee Monday to approve a bill forbidding public school officials from interfering with student-led prayer.Essentially, what Murzin's bill would do is attempt to nullify a century of rulings by the federal courts, including the consent judgment entered last year by U.S. District Judge Casey Rogers. But, as we have said before, that's not possible. States cannot constitutionally "interpret or limit or nullify "the supreme law of the land."
That issue was decided by the American Civil War (1861-1865). This apparently comes as news to Pace High School Principal Frank Lay and his two 'Christians' in arms, but the Union won that war and the southern secessionist states lost. As one of the consequences, the First Amendment's prohibition against government-sponsored religion and religious exercises now applies to Florida and all of its constituent counties, cities, and towns.
Murzin's proposed bill not only is nutty, it's offensive -- even traitorous -- to the memory of the Union soldiers who sacrificed their lives to prevent just such 'state nullification'.
Okay, maybe a bonehead football coach can't be expected to know his own country's history. And it's for sure anyone unfortunate enough to have graduated from Pace High School is in need of remedial education.
By now, however, high school principal Frank Lay -- who confessed under oath that he automatically ordered prayers at school functions because he "didn't think about it" -- should have gotten the message. That he hasn't tells us that he's not only stupid; he's also a shameless liar whose testimony -- in court or in the legislature -- is worthless.
More Pace High School Religious InstructionMarch 19: The Christian Student Veto Bill
Feb 20: Constitution 2, Christian Right, 0
Sept. 18: Late Editorial Update: Homo Neanderthalensis
Sept. 17: Lay, Freeman Beat the Rap with the 'I'm Stupid' Defense
Sept. 17: Pictures of a Pep Rally
Aug. 22: Stupid, Not Contemptuous
Aug. 5: The One and Only Faith
Aug. 4: Frank Lay's Criminal Contempt Order
May 31: Principal Lay Has a 'Come to Jesus' Moment
May 27: Laying Down the Puritan Law
May 15: Southern Hos-Pee-Tility
Jan. 16: Saving Ink