Judge Blocks Prayer at High School Graduation

We hear something like this every year at graduation, it seems. I still do not understand how a nation that was founded by people seeking religious freedom could have judges that thought it correct to block prayer. Thank God for young people like Megan Chapman, who "said in her opening remarks that God had guided her since childhood." Especiallly in the face of the court ruling, that statement took tremendous courage.

At the same time, I am a little disappointed in the young people who harassed the boy thought to be responsible for the court ruling. I would think that the correct response, especially from Christians who believe in the power of prayer, would be to pray for the young man and witness to him through your actions. I don't know, though, if I would have had the wisdom to respond that way in high school.

Still, as Megan Chapman said, "the challenge made the graduation even better because it unified the senior class. …More glory went to God because of something like that [the court ruling] than if I had just simply said a prayer like I was supposed to."

Megan and the young people who stood with her realized that the right to say a prayer publicly was something that needs protecting. They thought things through. And as their superintendent, Scott Pierce said:

"This was a good learning process for them as far as how to handle things that come along in life," … The response of the students showed an ability to be "critical thinkers."

"They exhibited what we've tried to accomplish in 12 years of education – they have the ability to make these compelling decisions on their own."

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1 Response to “Judge Blocks Prayer at High School Graduation”


  1. 1 kenzie May 25, 2006 at 4:26 am

    Student who wanted prayer banned speaks in exclusive interview:
    http://wkyt.com/Global/story.asp?S=4947229


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