I’m a Student at Lebanon High School and I Thought My Principal’s Religious Graduation Speech Was Distasteful

Over the weekend, I posted about how Kevin Lowery, the principal of Lebanon High School (Missouri), gave a very unusual greeting speech at graduation. It was full of references to how religious he was and how our currency and motto point to God’s impact and influence on our country.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has already sent the school a letter warning them not to do it again, though I have to say I don’t find it very persuasive when they write, “A reasonable observer would conclude that, as principal, Mr. Lowery’s statements were being endorsed by the school.” His comments seemed to me to be wholly his own — and still completely inappropriate. No non-Christian principal would’ve been able to get away with a speech like that without a national uproar. (I’m not quite ready to surrender to Jerry Coyne just yet…)

Yesterday, I heard from a current student at Lebanon High School who attended that ceremony. She preferred to remain anonymous (for good reason, as you’ll see below), though I was able to confirm that she is indeed a student there.

Her (edited) message is below:

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Gallup Poll: 42% of Americans Are Creationists

According to a Gallup poll just released today, 42% of Americans believe in Creationism, 31% of Americans believe in god-guided evolution, and 19% of Americans are actually right:

It’s only a slight improvement from two years ago, the last time Gallup checked these numbers, but within the margin of error (so who knows if there’s really any significant improvement).

We are still a country full of deluded people, though there’s a sliver of a silver lining:

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Lebanon High School Principal Spends His Graduation Address Talking About God

Kevin Lowery, the principal of Lebanon High School (Missouri) gave a very unusual greeting speech at graduation last week.

Instead of simply congratulating the students for their hard work and wishing them the best in the future, he spent time talking about how we’re a godly nation — and if you want proof, just look at the words in our currency! (Because that’s how proof works when you’re ignorant.)



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Texas School District Wins Court Battle to Prevent JesusTattoo.org Billboard at Football Games

The Lubbock Independent School District in Texas is home to Lowrey Field, where the four high schools in the area play their home football games. The 8,500-seat stadium also houses a digital billboard where companies like Whataburger, Fuddruckers, and United Supermarkets pay for ads to run during the big games.

So, naturally, the man behind JesusTattoo.org wanted to place an ad there, too:

(The website has nothing to do with tattoos, by the way. It’s just one guy’s failed idea of a “hip” way to convert teens to Christianity.)

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Anti-Evolution GOP Candidate for SC Superintendent of Education Wants Intelligent Design Taught in Schools

There are plenty of candidates vying to become the Republican nominee for state superintendent of education in South Carolina — and if Tuesday’s debate was any indication, many of them don’t give a damn about science.

Candidate Sheri Few (below), in particular, supports a proposed state standard that would have students “construct scientific arguments that seem to support and scientific arguments that seem to discredit Darwinian natural selection.”

You can see her spouting her anti-evolution nonsense at 41:35 in the video below:

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