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Another High School Student Standing Up Against School Prayer

May 18, 2011

First it was Harrison Hopkins, and now it’s Damon Fowler challenging prayer at his high school graduation.

First it was Harrison Hopkins, and now it's Damon Fowler challenging prayer at his high school graduation.

On Tuesday, Fowler contacted his Louisiana High School to ask them to not make prayer a part of his graduation ceremony. The school, on the advice of their legal counsel, agreed to change the program. I’m sure school officials handled the situation professionally and maturely, right?

“[In the past, non-religious students] respected the majority of their classmates and didn’t say anything,” [Bastrop High School staff member Mitizi] Quinn said. “We’ve never had this come up before. Never…And what’s even more sad is this is a student who really hasn’t contributed anything to graduation or to their classmates.”

Classy.

Fowler has been commenting on the story through a post on Reddit.

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.

It’s great to see students like Fowler who are willing to stand up for what they believe in.

 

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