Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Freedoms Won! -#2964 - Prayer Steals The Show at Texas Graduation - Citizen Link (2) 92% of Americans Still Believe in God, But Youths, Easterners and Libs Aren't as Likely To - The Blaze

Angela Hildenbrand used her 15 minutes of fame wisely — focused on prayer.  While the nation watched, the valedictorian said a prayer at Saturday’s graduation ceremony at Medina Valley High School, near San Antonio.  Just a few days earlier, a federal district judge had issued a broad ruling that effectively prohibited Angela from praying or mentioning God at the school-sponsored event. The school district, as well as Attorney General Greg Abbott and the Liberty Institute, filed emergency appeals with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn publicly decried the ruling.  At the eleventh hour — Friday afternoon — the 5th Circuit intervened and nullified the district court order, allowing Angela’s prayer to go forward.  This is a victory not only for valedictorian Angela Hildenbrand, but also for her fellow graduates and young people across the country whose rights to express themselves through prayer at graduation ceremonies were vindicated,” Cornyn said after the ruling. “Today the gavel fell on the side of justice and reaffirmed the constitutional rights we hold dear.”  Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of the Liberty Institute — with which CitizenLink is proudly associated, and which represented Angela — said: “This is a complete victory for religious freedom and for Angela. No citizen has the right to ask the government to bind and gag the free speech of another citizen.”  Read more........

92% of Americans Still Believe in God, But Youths, Easterners and Libs Aren't as Likely To - The Blaze - Americans’ collective belief in a higher power remains strong. Despite living in a world that is filled with some pretty faith-shattering circumstances, 92 percent of the nation still believes in God.  In polling results released by Gallup yesterday, more than nine in 10 Americans answered the question, “Do you believe in God,” affirmatively. This is down just slightly from the proportion that answered in the same way back in the 1940′s (when Gallup began asking respondents about their belief in a higher power).  The results are even more fascinating when examining who is least likely to believe in the existence of a higher power. While belief in God appears relatively high across the majority of subgroups in American society, there are a few cohorts that are less likely to be believers:  Belief in God drops below 90% among younger Americans, liberals, those living in the East, those with postgraduate educations, and political independents. However, belief in God is nearly universal among Republicans and conservatives and, to a slightly lesser degree, in the South.  Read more......

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