What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
In the past two days I’ve watched news blurbs about a recently-graduated Valedictorian named Brittany McComb, from Foothill High School in Clark County, Nevada.
Brittany prepared her speech, which had some references to God, and one reference to Christ. As required, she delivered her speech to school officials for approval. They then forwarded it to the ACLU, who proceeded to scrub the speech of all religious references. They told her that if she did not read the approved version, her microphone would be cut off mid-speech.
But Brittany refused to back down. She memorized her speech. And when it came time to make a decision, she chose to give her original speech, containing references to God, the Bible, and Christ.
And then they cut off the microphone.
Sad. Pathetic. Downright despicable.
Brittany, my hat goes off to you. You are a modern-day hero, boldly facing the goliaths of our day. Good job, good luck, and God speed.
[UPDATE: Brittany is now suing the school district “for having violated Brittany’s constitutional right to free speech and equal protection under the law.”] 
[UPDATE x2: I just came across this article about Brittany, a very good read.]
[UPDATE x3: You can view the video clip at this website ]