Local Pastor Defends His 9/11 Speech That Referenced God

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 10/09/2013 11:12 am
SALE CREEK,TN, (WDEF)-Pastor Alan Stewart admits he mentioned god when giving a speech at Sale Creek High during a 9/11 Memorial service.

"Because it was a day in American History that our people came together and prayed across the land, they prayed not only in churches, they prayed in the market place, street corners and civil governments"

However lawyers for the national freedom for religion foundation say Sale Creek middle and high school have broken rules in the constitution.

Attorney Andrew Seidel,"Essentially preaching a sermon to the children you know he quoted Luke 13:4 and the power of prayer, Jesus's response to 9/11, there's not much grey area here there's clearly a religious message and it's at a school sponsored event, therefore unconstitutional"

Stewart says he focused on the historical significance of the day more so than faith.
Pastor Stewart added that everyone should be allowed to express their admiration for  god and their faith.

"That no one should be coerced to pray and no one should be forbidden to pray that's what our founding father stood for and that's what the constitution and all the amendments have stood for, for all these years"

A blog by Florida publicist Rebeca Seitz about the event and the complaint made has attracted 7000 views in recent days.
Lawyers for the school did not return our calls but Principal Davidson told News 12 off camera that he appreciates the role the pastor plays in the community.
The event was also optional for students of Sale Creek Middle and High Schools.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation say they are willing to work with the school and it's lawyers to help with the complaint made Iincluding work shops with the teachers.

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Burkholder - 10/15/2013 8:01 AM
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To agree with the foreign FFRF one would necessarily have to agree that the Constitution does NOT mean today what it meant when it was ratified by the States--what it reads to all even today. the "local Pastor"in this story tells it True and the enemy in the FFRF is the only one who Owes any apology. They Neither Represent/ nor do they Own the Constitution.They are Bullies and an enemy foreign or domestic to Our Constitution ,and way of Life.

Shirley - 10/10/2013 1:45 PM
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Alan Stewart, I commend you for standing up for what is right. If this activity was an optional one, then those who did not want to participate had an option not to, as I understand. Thank you for being one who does not bend from the enemy's threats. We need more people like you in this world and certainly in our schools. God will bless you. We as Christians have just as many rights to hear as those who do not want to and it may offend them to hear it, but it greatly offends me not to!!!!!! And to the one who commented that you do fine without God, maybe you do, but you could do a whole lot better with Him. You have no idea what blessings, mercy and grace you are missing out on. It's a shame, because He is wonderful. When you have God in your life, you really have life and hope in eternity that can't happen if you don't. I don't feel sorry for you because you are an adult and you can choose your own way. Just remember that He is there and it's all free. It costs you nothing but a committment. If you don't believe me, try it. You'll see. Wonder if it was SO unconstitutional, why does the floor open on Capitol Hill with the Chaplain praying before they go into their sessions. Why don't you tell them that offends you. Go ahead.:)

Flgtr4evr - 10/10/2013 11:57 AM
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It is God, not god. Thank you.

ultprinefan - 10/9/2013 3:22 PM
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The "great state of Tn. has just been ranked the most dangerous state in America". What about the beliefs of others? Only ur's count and every one else has to follow along? Is that freedom? Many of us do great without god.

ilene - 10/9/2013 2:24 PM
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As a person from Soddy Daisy and former student of Sale Creek School I commend the pastor we need prayer back in school we are in the middle of the Bible Belt. We are afraid to admit we pray that some organization will file suit against us The morning of Oct. 31, every school in the great state of Tennessee should have a morning prayer the way we used to show them we are the majority not the minority. Keep prayer alive in school on the streets in the stores and every where else.
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