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    Public school persecutes atheist pupil.

    Saw this on FA and thought I would share this guy's story.

    Quote Originally Posted by bamman1108 on FluidAnims
    So, there's this school called Bastrop High School that was planning to have a prayer organized by the school during their graduation. A student named Damon wrote a letter to the superintendent saying that this was Unconstitutional so he called the thing off. Now he's being trashed by everyone at the school, including teachers. The graduation was yesterday, and their Valedictorian decided to lead the entire school in reciting the Lord's Prayer anyways.

    Quote Originally Posted by An atheist student at "Bastrop High School" called Damon
    My graduation from high school is this Friday. I live in the Bible Belt of the United States. The school was going to perform a prayer at graduation, but due to me sending the superintendent an email stating it was against Louisiana state law and that I would be forced to contact the ACLU if they ignored me, they ceased it. The school backed down, but that's when the shitstorm rolled in. Everyone is trying to get it back in the ceremony now. I'm not worried about it, but everyone hates me... kind of worried about attending graduation now. It's attracted more hostility than I thought.

    My reasoning behind it is that it's emotionally stressing on anyone who isn't Christian. No one else wanted to stand up for their constitutional right of having freedom of and FROM religion. I was also hoping to encourage other atheists to come out and be heard. I'm one of maybe three atheists in this town that I currently know of. One of the others is afraid to come out of the (atheist) closet.

    Though I've caused my classmates to hate me, I feel like I've done the right thing. Regardless of their thoughts on it, basically saying I am ruining their fun and their lives, I feel like I've helped someone out there. I didn't do this for me or just atheists, but anyone who doesn't believe in their god that prayer to Yahweh may affect.

    Moral of the story: though the opposition may be great, majority doesn't necessarily mean right. Thank you for reading. Wish me luck at graduation.

    EDIT: Well, it hit the fan a couple hours ago. They've already assembled a group of supporters at a local church and called in the newspaper. I've had to deactivate my Facebook account and I can't reason with any of them. They refuse to listen. The whole town hates me, aside from a few closet atheists that are silently supporting, which I don't blame them looking at what I've incited here. Thanks for the support though.

    If anyone would like to offer support, the superintendent is who I emailed and the school's website is mpsb.us

    Thanks for the support. It's really helping. This has just gotten sickening.

    Edit: I've had requests for my Facebook info... I don't mind giving that out at all. Damon Fowler - Bastrop, LA. I could use all of the support I can get. Not sure if this link will work: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001146281052

    EDIT: My laptop battery is running low as I type thanks to the hundreds of Facebook friend requests and messages I've been trying to reply to. Thank all of you for the continued support. Right now, I'm about to go to the principle's office to speak to her in person about attending graduation.

    I just got off the phone with FFRF as well and apparently I've been given a $1000 student activist's award toward college. I really wasn't expecting it to get this big, nor was I expecting any of that. Still, I thank all of you for the support that I wouldn't have gotten anywhere else. You played a big part in this and because of you, I've decided to walk despite rumors of threats against me. So far, they're talking about organizing a large vocal prayer during the moment of silence despite what I've done. We'll see how this goes. Class night is tonight... not looking forward to attending that.

    EDIT: Back from Class Night... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaD8iQFaw7I Dealt with people staring at me, calling me names, talking about me behind my back (even teachers). I'll walk across that stage tomorrow, whether they want me to or not.

    And a video of the prayer happening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYLpZIv8xFY

    Article about it: http://www.bastropenterprise.com/featur ... graduation

    Matthew 6, which has the Lord's Prayer in it as well as how it should be recited: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?se ... ersion=NIV

    1st Amendment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Amen ... ution#Text

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    Re: Christian school persecutes atheist pupil.

    Whilst I take the piss out of religious people, I don't really have a problem with them. However, if they try forcing their fucking bullshit down my throat, then there's a problem. I fully support what this kid has done and I hope the best comes from it.

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    Re: Christian school persecutes atheist pupil.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skype
    Whilst I take the piss out of religious people, I don't really have a problem with them. However, if they try forcing their fucking bullshit down my throat, then there's a problem. I fully support what this kid has done and I hope the best comes from it.
    I completely agree with this statement.
    I fully support what this teen has done as well.

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    Re: Christian school persecutes atheist pupil.

    Same goes for the "In god we trust" on all the bills and coins and in the anthem. I just... don't understand why it's still there.
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    Re: Christian school persecutes atheist pupil.

    I'm going to keep my post here for fun, but this isn't my opinion at all. Ignore this completely if you want.

    Fuck this kid, seriously. Is anyone forcing him to actually participate in the prayer? Is anyone forcing him to actually give the words any meaning? There is no law forcing him to attend a Christian school, so he has every freedom available to avoid religion. If you go to a Christian school you're going to hear a prayer or two. I don't see Barack Obama getting in shit if he says that his prayers go out to someone since no harm comes from it. He has his faith and the people watching have theirs. If you honestly take offence to other people praying, you are quite an asshole. I'll repeat it again: HE GOES TO A FUCKING CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. IT'S LITERALLY ILLEGAL TO HAVE PRAYERS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. IF HE REALLY CARES THIS MUCH ABOUT A FEW WORDS THEN HE HAS EVERY RIGHT TO GO TO A PUBLIC SCHOOL. If the school was named "St. Bastrop High School" or something, would he bitch about that since it's idolizing some religious figure?

    I really have very little sympathy for this kid. Yeah, his current situation kind of sucks with everyone hating him. But if he knows he lives in the bible belt, what did he honestly expect? Trying to remove an innocent religious practice that he doesn't even need to participate in from a ceremony at a religious school seems like a good way to stir up shit to me. He might not have expected this much of a response, but if he honestly expected nobody in the bible belt to care about not having any prayers at a graduation he's an idiot.

    I'm all for constitutional rights. It's just that sometimes you need to grow the fuck up and accept that people might be religious near you.Since he was done with the christian school system, this is literally the last time he would have to sit through some religious ceremony in his entire life. He's probably sat through hundreds of prayers throughout his education, but for some reason this one just pushed it too far or something.

    [edit] I'd like to clarify that I'm not endorsing what the people here are doing. I just think the kid chose a really stupid way to deal with it, and he shouldn't be surprised that religious people got worked up by it.
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    Re: Christian school persecutes atheist pupil.

    Wait, he tried to stop a Christian school from exercising Christian beliefs and now he's acting like he's some sort of victimised revolutionary? I don't sympathise with him at all.
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    Re: Christian school persecutes atheist pupil.

    I have no problems with schools, because even though I'm in a Christian School, I respect their belief and it's a Christian School, obviously.

    I can say that his choice was pretty stupid, as it was a Christian School. Of course he has to go down with their beliefs and prayers and et cetera. adurrr

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    Re: Christian school persecutes atheist pupil.

    Wait, so is this a public school full of Christians, or is it categorized as a christian school?

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    Re: Christian school persecutes atheist pupil.

    Quote Originally Posted by Abadax
    Wait, so is this a public school full of Christians, or is it categorized as a christian school?
    Herp derp, I assumed since the title said CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, the school was, you know, a CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. After doing 10 seconds of research though, it turns out the Bastrop Independent School District is most definitely a public school district, so the school has no religious affiliations as far as I can tell.

    Well, that certainly changes a bit. I retract my previous post and support this kid entirely. He has every right to bitch about it.

    [edit] I'd even suggest locking this if possible. I can't think of many arguments for praying in public schools, but I dunno.
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    Re: Christian school persecutes atheist pupil.

    Quote Originally Posted by BEER BEER STRONG
    Quote Originally Posted by Abadax
    Wait, so is this a public school full of Christians, or is it categorized as a christian school?
    Herp derp, I assumed since the title said CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, the school was, you know, a CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. After doing 10 seconds of research though, it turns out the Bastrop Independent School District is most definitely a public school district, so the school has no religious affiliations as far as I can tell.

    Well, that certainly changes a bit. I retract my previous post and support this kid entirely. He has every right to bitch about it.

    [edit] I'd even suggest locking this if possible. I can't think of many arguments for praying in public schools, but I dunno.
    That's what I was trying to confirm, where i am, a Christian school (or something along those lines) can mean both of those things. So I could figure out if i supported him or not. And since it is a public school and not officially a christian school, then yes. I support him.


 
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