On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

Why do they want to censor Jesus?

Prayer: Not politically correct!

Perhaps you remember Nevada high school valedictorian Brittany McComb, who last year delivered her commencement address to over 400 fellow students, families and staff. She had been warned by officials not to utter the name of Jesus in her speech.

 However, believing that the district’s censorship of her speech amounted to a violation of her right to free speech, she delivered the banned version of her remarks in which she shared her personal beliefs about the role that her Christian beliefs played in her success.


When school officials found her to be straying from the approved text, they unplugged her microphone, ending her address. Despite loud and angry jeers from the audience over school officials’ actions, McComb was not permitted to finish giving her valedictory speech.

In another such incident at about the same time, the Rev. Danny Harvey was fired by a Florida hospital for including the word ‘Jesus’ at the end of his prayers.

The hospital said it was worried about what it called “Secondhand Jesus,” meaning that non-believers who might overhear his prayers should not have Jesus forced upon them.

Harvey, who worked for the Leesburg Regional Center for more than seven years, said the hospital staff forced him to resign from his post.


Louis H. Bremer Jr., the hospital’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement: “The interpretation many Christians are getting is that prayer is completely banned from the hospital, which couldn’t be further from the truth.

“It would be very appropriate to say Jesus’ name in the presence of a Christian family. That’s no problem. What must be understood is knowing the audience and what is appropriate for that particular situation.”

In other words, anyone mentioning Jesus within listening distance of someone who doesn’t want to hear about Jesus will be punished.

Harvey insists that he didn’t force Jesus on anyone. “I would approach a family and offer them the chance for me to pray for them, but they have the option to say no,” Harvey said. “I have never imposed my beliefs on others.”


And why the double standard?

“Imagine if a Hindu were fired for invoking lord Vishnu’s name,” observes columnist Matthew Archbold, “or a Buddhist for invoking Buddha’s name, or even a Muslim for invoking Allah’s name.

“The ACLU would be screaming bloody murder. But, for Christians to invoke the name of their namesake, Jesus Christ … well, it is tantamount to a hate crime!”

Is this sort of treatment inevitable? Should Christians just accept it. After all, in Matthew 24:9, Jesus did warn us, “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.”

Navy Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt earned the ire of his commanders with his prayers “in Jesus’ name.” His 16-year career ended abruptly when he refused a superior’s order that he quit praying in Jesus’ name.


Klingenschmitt today says the costs of his battle were high but worthwhile, because it prompted Congress to instruct the Navy that the policy be rescinded. As a result, other chaplains have the freedom that Klingenschmitt sought.

“My sacrifice purchased their freedom. My conscience is clear, the fight was worth it, and I’d do it all again,” he said.

Want to read more? CLICK HERE to read whether faith in Jesus is just too shocking for the news media to handle.
CLICK HERE to consider more about why the media is offended by people of faith
CLICK HERE to consider whether we are headed for a God-free society
Is Jesus an illegal word that cannot be uttered in public anymore? CLICK HERE
to read about recent legal efforts to ban church bells
And CLICK HERE to consider a British journalist’s concern that Christianity is becoming criminalized in Western society.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Valerie Reid

    It is high time that the Christians “come out of the closet”. Any school in USA will allow Muslims to meet or read the Koran. America is suppose to be a Christian nation so forget the politically correct stuff why are Christians being discriminated against if other religions can verbally say whatever they want then why can’t Christians. The constitution has an amendment entitled Freedom of Speech. You cannot tell one group they can and another they can’t.

  • http://fakechristians-aresinners.sinnersprosecutedjesusandhistruedisciples,ifyourintruthandafollower. mosesandelijah

    the(usa)- is a nation of fornicaters,, many and many called themselves christians but there some good fakes and bad fakes, but all in one are sinners and much part of this world as the world is it self.they even call themselves sinners’ so let them be cast into hell , for no sinner cannot enter heaven and have eternal life, jesus said: many will be called, but a few chosen, amen
    jesus told us no one is above their master they prosecuted him they will prosected you for your true holiness faith in jesus and god, amen
    if were not a doer of the words of jesus and god and do not obey his teachings to the end, holiness , baptism,obedience,true faithful, we are not of him or his father- god…. the usa is not a christian nation they have left their first love…. and went to satan and his followers angels of darkness,fasle doctrine fasle preachers, etc…. it will be in the days of noah, the people lived in sin, and when the door shut up for salvation, jesus will be like a thief never know when he will come….and call up his elect and the rest of the people lost ones will suffer in the wrath of god plaques poured onto the earth. be ready at all times , holiness, doing the will of god.amen

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jane Hamick

    I think it is a total shame that some people don’t want to up hold our constitution which gives us freedom of religon. God gave his life for us so that we MIGHT be saved meaning that it is for those that want it and except it. God said that if you deny me then I will deny you. I know that I do not want to be one of those on judgement day that God says to them, depart for I know you not. People better wake up and learn that the world is coming to an end. The signs are here. People get ready Jesus is coming for we know not the day nor the hour so get ready and be ready.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment joe myers

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. This is the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.Public schools are supported by taxpayer dollars. I wonder if you would have a problem if the young lady in question wanted to use the word Allah or Satan? Would there still be an outcry about censorship??Probably not.Until all Americans have the right to follow whatever religion they want I believe that no one should. The name of what you want is theocracy. Do you want our country to be like Iran?? Or maybe run by a group like the Taliban? not me.Historically the reason that the Pilgrams came here was to get away from a state run religion.I don’t believe in “God” or Jesus or any other fairy tale. Until you can prove it to me just keep on censoring.

  • Songbird Bergstrom

    Mr. Myers you have a lot I think wrong. Jesus or speaking his name is getting to the point no one wants to hear it. I for my self won’t denounce him ever. I know one day soon he will come. This mortal body will be as he was if I live to see him come which I pray I do will be as his was. Perfect. The Pigrams came here for one reason only to take what they could from the only people who were here Native Americans. They killed them. Learn also the real History of the land Columbus did not discover America. The Natice Americans were already here. Jesus will prove that too. No fairy tales just barwe facts. God Bless and let God Son help you to be less angry at the world. You can believe in who ever you want but, my friend one day you will see him comming and will bow down to him, For every toungue will confess Jesus is LORD!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rodger D

    Rare Jewel of Christ
    I know you had good entent when you said there is only one but for them that can not understand what you entented let me help you there are three the Father the son and the Holy Spirit and all three agree as one Jesus said I and my Father are one in agreement but he did not say in agreement He can tell you why the Holy Spirit is the Holy Ghost of Jesus Christ also Jesus said if you see Me then you see the Father in spirit but he did not say in spirit and I’ll let Him tell you why it not my place to do so. but I will say this when Jesus was Baptised in the river and He came streight way out the water the Spirit came upon Him at that time the Farherwas with him God even said this is my beloved Son in hom I am well pleased God did not leave jesus at that point ever

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rodger D

    Thats why All will bow before Jesus Crist yes All

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rodger D

    I am sorry for my lack of spelling forgive me please.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rodger D

    How many of you already know that and if you know that then you already have all the answers.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Grumpy Old Person

    In a land that ‘promises’ freedom of religion – to ALL citizens – would you ‘good’ pious folk be okay if the student had wanted to praise Allah for her success? Or Vishnu? Or Krishna? Or Zeus?

    No, you really, deep down only want (your version of) Christianity to have that honor.


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