Friday, February 28, 2014

High School Student: "I'm Tired Of Hiding In A Corner"

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Cameron Franks watched teachers put up the posters---and he watched them take them down.

The administration at his public high school had been ordered to do so.

The posters had a religious theme but had been put up to demonstrate our religious freedom in America.

The poster has Scripture scrolled into a cross with this statement at the bottom:

"This Poster is illegal in 51 countries."

This is a story we've all heard before. A student was "offended" by the poster, took a picture of it, and sent it to the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation immediately contacted the school, demanded the posters be taken down...or else.

Schools believe they can't afford the "or else" which means a lawsuit, so they comply to the demands.

The school superintendent ordered the teachers to remove the posters saying, "The teacher who put the posters up was acting in violation of the establishment clause."

He explained that his "hands were tied" and he "had to do it."

This is a common narrative. But the local ABC affiliate reported that Cameron's response is not so common.

KTRE ABC CH 9 reported that the poster that once hung in the classroom now hangs in Cameron's home.

He says its a reminder of his mission to take a stand for Jesus.

He told CH. 9, "We've walked our halls for 4 years and we've been persecuted and called hypocrites and everybody that's a Christian, I'm sure they've had a time in their life when they've been persecuted and I knew it was time to take a stand."

He says, "All the posters and symbols and Scriptures were removed from every classroom and I sort of really didn't really understand what was happening."

KTRE says it was at this time that he decided to make a T-Shirt and practice his own First Amendment rights.

He told KTRE, "I'm tired of it. I'm tired of hiding in a corner."

Cameron told CH 9 he just decided to do it and see what the reaction would be.

Across the front his red T-Shirt says, "Let God Rule Your World, If You Want God To Rock Your World".

Across the back he put Romans 8:31, "What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can be against us?"

This story was first reported early this month. After wearing his T-Shirt, other kids began asking if they could get one. Then some teachers and adults also wanted the shirt.

Cameron then started selling them for $5 each, putting all the money back into creating more T-Shirts. Three weeks ago he had over 2,000 orders and orders were increasing in volume.

He has now created a Facebook page that says, "Take a stand for Jesus, we won't be shaken."

Now he is receiving sponsorship and donations from the community.

I know...this is just one kid in Rusk, Texas.

But it is "one" kid.

This is a microcosm of the way good and decent people are feeling across this "Land of the Free," and they are beginning to discover ways, productive and proper ways, in which they can express their deeply held religious beliefs.

I personally believe that this rush to strip God from the culture and the relentless assault on religious freedom is going to create a backlash. It did in 1776 and it can now.

There is an awakening to what is happening to our freedoms.

In each case I find a common thread. Some specific episode of suppression of religious expression or a specific assault on a religious freedom creates one of those "moments"---a moment that becomes a call to action.

Think about this over the weekend---maybe while you're sitting in church.

At what point do we, what point do I stop hiding in a corner?

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Informed. Be Bold. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed. Be Free.


  1. Yes, it is time to take a stand no matter what happens.

  2. may this courageous, faithful young man be protected and blessed.

  3. Thanks, Gary, for bringing this to our attention. This is thrilling, when a young man goes to this extent to exercise his Faith! What a wonderful example! May he be blessed to the utmost!

  4. Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Gary! What a wonderful example of Faith by this young man! May he be blessed to the utmost!

  5. Ezekiel 22:30 (NLT) - "I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one.”

    Can you imagine what would happen if all across this nation Christians began to stand up, with love, instead of shrinking back. What if Christians began to stand for truth, what would our nation look like? It starts with one person, willing to be called names for the sake of Jesus. I believe scripture says that "blessed are those who are persecuted for His sake." If the world did that to Jesus and the prophets why would we think it be any different for us today.

    Can you imagine what our nation would look like if the church began to allow the very Word of God to become flesh in us, to transform us into the image of Jesus, that we would allow true grace to actually change us and not make us lawless people. Only God can do this through His incredible life changing Grace.

    Titus 2:11-12 (NKJV) "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present age,"

    LORD help me, to allow your Word to be living and active in my life. Help me to allow Your powerful Grace to do what it was intended to do, change me from a lost sinner to a found son of God. LORD help your church in America to reflect you in our different places our feet takes us.

  6. When a claim is made that something 'violates the establishment clause', why are the claimants not asked how this is. The school is not Congress and the establishment clause, as I read it, specifies that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. . . ." (Wikipedia) What is needed is a literal interpretation of the actual words rather than lettign people read into it what they choose to.

  7. What we seem to have today is a whole lot of people that act as though they have no sense at all.

    Seems odd to me how if one crazy group comes up with all kinds of stupidity, and promotes it, so many other people start acting as if they also have no sense.

    Maybe that's why people are compared to sheep in the Bible. We tend to follow one another. If one does something and we see it, there's a tendency to want to do either the same thing, or something similar, or something else but to a similar measure.

    If a government in a school says, (taking the above poster as an example) "You all can see this poster in the school building. This is what everyone is supposed to be about from now on. This is what we all are going to be about and this is by school policy."

    Now, we have a constitutional kind of problem. Such a thing would be contrary to the principles of the constitution.

    However, if the school principal said over the loudspeaker, "Isn't that a nice poster to brighten up our hall way?. I like it. It's up to each individual what he's going to decide about it. We all have the freedoms our constitution provides for us here, but I just wanted to say that I for one appreciate it. I think this student did a fine thing and also a fine job on it. If any of you have good things to share, I encourage you to do likewise. It doesn't have to be a scripture verse, but it can be. It can be something else. Just be sure that it's something good, that it promotes something good, something of virtue, something worthy of praise, something of a good report, something that builds others up, something that is true, something that is clean, reverent, kind, and worth sharing."

    Now, that would be well within our constitutionally protected rights.

    I think there are a few principals that could follow that student's example.

  8. I'm thinking that this time is a good opportunity for principals and teachers to speak up for every student's constitutional rights.

    Maybe some schools would like to invite a civics teacher from a college or something to speak on the constitution as it pertains to both the establishment clause and also the free exercise one, and how that can be practiced in a real way.

    He could talk about how freedoms are important and how responsibility goes along with our freedoms, and about how important it is to do the best we can as we decide how to practice our liberties provided for us and protected by our constitution.

    For example, he could talk about how doing this or that is a good exercise of our rights or not, asking students about particular things some people have done in the past, in protests, riots and such, and whether such things are the best exercise of freedom, or whether they have crossed the line into being illegal, and whenever something is questionable as to whether it is something that is constitutionally protected, we should ask ourselves, "Is this action the best I can do? Is this the best thing I can do to exercise my constitutional rights, because it's important that we do our best. Doing our best helps preserve our rights, and helps keep them from being distorted or corrupted in the minds and hearts of men. Doing our best helps establish a good path for America. Doing our best helps make a better future clear. Doing our best helps establish a good path for others to go ahead on. Doing our best is one of the best ways to be a good example for others. So don't be surprised if a teacher or your principal looks at something you do as you exercise your rights and asks you if that's the best you can do.

    I suppose a good policy for the school to be written down would be one that says it's for the establishment clause and also the free exercise one too, and that's their policy, and as to how that will turn out in practical ways.....well, that's something the school will have to walk through together.

  9. When it comes to the constitution, it's important that we do our best to rightly divide it.

    That word "Study" in II Timothy 2:15, is a translation of a Greek word that basically means, "do your best."

  10. "Freedom from Religion Foundation"? If they seek freedom from the constitution it will put a nation in bondage of men, tyranny, and such. These are the things the constitution was written to protect a nation against. Sadly we seem to have some judges that do not uphold the constitution. May they soon be replaced with those who will uphold the constitution.

  11. The school superintendent was wrong. Here we see how destructive bullying can be.

  12. I think that school should put up posters that explain the difference between making the free exercise of speech and religion rights of our constitution acceptable, and even encouraged, and making a certain religion a requirement for all, because obviously some don't seem to know the difference.

  13. Neh 2:17 came to mind. (KJV)

  14. And Esther 1:8, KJV.


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