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Editorial: School was right to edit grad speech

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Sometimes the best way to view a situation is to place yourself in the position of another. That applies well to the case of Amsterdam salutatorian Rebekah Izzo, who is upset that the school district edited some parts of her graduation address because of concerns about religious proselytizing. Picture yourself as someone of another religion or someone with no religious beliefs. How would you feel listening to a speech promoting something you don't believe in? ...


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wmarincic
July 9, 2014
6:58 a.m.

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I guess the Gazette Editors feel that these people in the audience were so stupid that a couple references to God would either ruin their day or it would convert them to that horrible idea of Christianity where people are taught to love and help each other. I remember growing up we had a moment of silence every morning at the start of class. What I don't remember is the high rate of failure, the ignorance or the lack of apathy in kids. Maybe we need more God not less.

muggy
July 9, 2014
7 a.m.

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"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech..."

Citing the 9th U.S.Circuit Court of Appeals, the most overturned Appeals Court in America, is a weak argument.

A religious message, imbedded in a student's graduation speech, hardly means that the school is establishing a religion. Prohibiting free speech, on the other hand, is expressly forbidden.

Message to Ms. Izzo and future grad speakers: tell the "state" what they want to hear and then give your original speech.

joycemadre
July 9, 2014
11:01 a.m.

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I agree with these prior comments and I am sorry but I feel Ms. Izzo is being overly criticized. Perhaps churches should not be on a public road, and thats just as ridiculous as Amsterdam School District demanding her changes. I do believe the school district should be concentrating on more important issues and they are plenty of those to be addressed.

amermike
July 9, 2014
12:05 p.m.

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Let's pretend that her speech said, put your faith in Allah or Shiva or Olorun or Waheguru, and not God. Do you feel the same way?

joycemadre
July 10, 2014
10:55 a.m.

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Yes I would - its called respect for individuals beliefs ! And seriously if this was such an issue leave her speech with one exception HIGHER POWER INSTEAD OF GOD! It may require compromising

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