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Conn. school removes Lord reference in high school diplomas

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The school district has removed the traditional phrase from high school diplomas after someone complained.

“It’s a religious thing,” Superintendent Reginald Mayo told the New Haven Register. “I’m surprised it took this long for someone to notice it. We certainly don’t want to offend anyone.”

Last year, former alderwoman Ina Silverman filed a complaint about “in the year of our Lord" when her daughter was a student at Wilbur Cross High School. According to the newspaper, Silverman took her concerns to the mayor, who then asked the superintendent to remove the words.

Mayo told the newspaper it was a small change – but it was a necessary change. The American Humanist Association heralded the decision.

“It removes the bias toward Christianity and puts all New Haven students on an equal plane without religious bias,” Bob Ritter, a staff lawyer with the American Humanist Association, told FOX News Radio.

“The fact of the matter is all New Haven students deserve a diploma which is religiously neutral,” Ritter said. “It favors no religion over another.”

But the move has outraged a number of people across the city – especially in the Christian community.

Local resident Betsy Claro called the decision “hideous.”

“I do believe that it’s a travesty to keep removing the Lord’s name,” the mother of three told FOX News Radio. “I believe that our nation was founded on the principles of belief in God, and our Founding Fathers made sure it was incorporated into every document that they produced.”

“This is political correctness gone mad,” said Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League. “What this New Haven school is doing is more than a detour from our moorings, it is unconscionable; attempts to scrub clean any reference to our founding is a disservice to the students and their community.”

Donohue told FOX News Radio he doesn’t buy into the argument that the words have been censored to avoid offending people.

“To base this decision, in part, on the need not to ‘offend anyone,’ is disingenuous – it offends beyond belief the vast majority of Americans,” Donohue said.

It’s not the first time the phrase has generated controversy. This year, a Muslim student at Trinity University in San Antonio petitioned to have the words removed from diplomas. The university, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church of America, decided to keep “in the year of our Lord.”

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Jun 23 @ 6:57PM  
Would someone please do me a favor and post a blog. I have another blog to post, and really hate to have to wait for about an hour before blogging again.

Jun 23 @ 7:04PM  

Just did!

Jun 23 @ 7:06PM  
okay this sucks! Our nation was built under God. No wonder everything is falling apart

Jun 23 @ 7:31PM  
Same story, different day..... sad huh?

Jun 23 @ 7:39PM  
I'm not even a Christian and I'm against it. It's like calling AD, the CE or Common Era.. wtf? they started counting when Christ was given divinity. so saying After Divinity is correct.

I gotta say that I'm sick unto the bitter death of political correctness that just makes everyone, everywhere wrong.


Jun 23 @ 8:29PM  
We certainly don’t want to offend anyone.

Oh nooo... of COURSE not- especially the Christians you just offended!!!


Jun 24 @ 6:26PM  
I gotta say that I'm sick unto the bitter death of political correctness that just makes everyone, everywhere wrong.

Skwirl said it best. I mean seriously...I see nothing offensive or forceful about the word "Lord". Like my Dad would say...."that person has way too much time on their hands if that is what is going to worry them".

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Conn. school removes Lord reference in high school diplomas