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IPFS News Link • Revolutions, Rebellions & Uprisings

Get Up, Stand Up, Don't Give Up the Fight: Know Your Rights or You Will Lose Them

• John & Nisha Whitehead - The Rutherford Institute

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."—Thomas Jefferson

If America's schools are to impart principles of freedom and democracy to future generations, they must start by respecting the constitutional rights of their students

Take the case of Lucas Hudson.

With all the negative press being written about today's young people, it's refreshing to meet a young person who not only knows his rights but is prepared to stand up for them. 

Lucas is a smart kid, a valedictorian of his graduating class at the Collegiate Academy at Armwood High School in Hillsborough County, Fla.

So, when school officials gave Lucas an ultimatum: either remove most of his speech's religious references from his graduation speech—in which he thanked the people who helped shape his character, reflected on how quickly time goes by, and urged people to use whatever time they have to love others and serve the God who loves us—or he would not be speaking at all, Lucas refused to forfeit his rights.

That's when Lucas's father turned to The Rutherford Institute for help.

In coming to Lucas' defense, attorneys for The Rutherford Institute warned school officials that their attempts to browbeat Lucas into watering down his graduation speech could expose the school to a First Amendment lawsuit.