Humanist Group Will Get Another Chance to Challenge Elementary School’s Religious Graduation Ceremony

Last year, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center found out that administrators at Mountain View Elementary School in Taylors, South Carolina held their “graduation” ceremony inside of a church.

To make matters worse, the program for the event very clearly listed two separate prayers — both of which were led by students. Furthermore, both were Christian prayers that referred to “Jesus” and both were approved by a school official before the ceremony:

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Delivering an Atheist Invocation at a City Council Meeting? Here’s Some Inspiration

With the Supreme Court verdict in Town of Greece v. Galloway, sectarian invocations are now legal at government meetings — but that also means atheists can give non-religious invocations of their own.

The Central Florida Freethought Community has compiled a wonderfully helpful transcribed list of past secular invocations from around the country. So feel free to read through them and use them as inspiration for your own reflections. It’s a fantastic resource for atheists who may be inspired to sign up to speak at an upcoming city council meeting.

I particularly love this excerpt from an invocation delivered by Andrew Lovley in South Portland, Maine in 2009:

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An Atheist Delivers a Eulogy for His Religious Grandmother

Reader Dan Krauss‘ grandmother died about three weeks ago and he was tasked with the unenviable job of delivering the eulogy on behalf of his family. Dan’s not religious but his grandmother was Catholic and he wanted to strike a balance between the two worlds that wouldn’t disrespect her beliefs but also wouldn’t compromise his own.

What he came up with was, I think, a perfect combination:

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Rep. Steve Daines, Possibly the Next Senator from Montana, Supports Teaching Creationism in Public Schools

Rep. Steve Daines is poised to become the next senator from Montana — so it’s probably a good time to point out that he supports the teaching of Creationism in public schools:

Mother JonesDana Liebelson has the story and the recording from a 2012 interview he did with Montana Public Radio:

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You Can’t Have a Formal Christian Prayer at a Public School Graduation Ceremony

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses religious prayers at public school graduations:

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