***Update***: There’s video of valedictorian Rebeccah TerHune giving her speech. At the 0:16 mark, you can hear a man scream out, “Rebeccah, Jesus loves you!”
When it comes to Prayer versus Moments of Silence in public schools, most Christians are smart enough not to endorse prayer. Not every student is Christian and you’re just asking for a lawsuit… it’s not worth the fight.
Moments of silence are trickier. The conservatives who push for it say it’s good for students to begin a day with “silence” (as if teachers wouldn’t want silence otherwise…?) but it’s really both a waste of time and a thinly veiled attempt at getting prayer-time into the classroom.
Recently, California’s Exeter Union High School administrators irresponsibly let students vote on whether or not a student could deliver a graduation prayer.
It was irrelevant, though, thanks to the work for church/state separation groups. The school board decided not to go through with any formal graduation prayers. They didn’t even bother counting the votes.
The school board made the decision after three organizations — Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the Anti-Defamation League — sent letters to the district objecting to a graduation prayer.
Board President Larry Larson says the district can’t afford a drawn-out legal fight over the issue. He says the courts have ruled against prayer at graduation and he doesn’t want the issue to overwhelm the ceremony.
They could afford it if they knew were going to win. But it’s a losing battle. And Larson knows it. Was he trying to get away with breaking the law because he figured no one would notice?
The school board voted to have a moment of silence instead…
“It doesn’t really matter” if there’s a moment of silence instead of a prayer, Larson said. “The whole idea of the moment of silence is for the graduating class to contemplate what they have accomplished.”
“I want to have a prayer at the graduation. I think the Lord has blessed my time at high school,” [senior Anna] Unger said. “But I understand that’s the law now. We’re not going to change it. I guess a moment of silence is a good alternative.”
Of course they’re ok with silence, because to them, it’ll give everyone a chance to pray.
Some Christians couldn’t stand not being able to pray out loud.
So take a guess as to what happened during the moment of silence:
(If you can’t see the video, go here.)
These people are pathetic.
They could easily have prayed before the ceremony. Or in their minds during the ceremony. But they don’t care about that. It’s not about their relationship with their god.
It’s about the show.
They don’t just want to pray. They want to pray out loud and they want to make sure everyone hears it.
They want to out-Jesu-fy everyone else.
Any Christian ought to be embarrassed by these people.
Hell, it’s not even what Jesus wanted:
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
(via Portland Humanist Examiner — Thanks to Micah for the link!)