May 26, 2005

ACLU Sues to Stop Graduation Prayer

AP Wire | 05/26/2005 | ACLU sues to stop graduation prayer in Clarion County district

Christian extremists will undoubtedly frame this as an attack on religion, so I think it is worth examining why we should applaud the ACLU's efforts here. I can think of no reason why Christian students would be offended by a graduation ceremony that did not include prayer, especially since this is not supposed to be legal at public schools. If they have learned anything in their American government or history classes, they will understand why this is unconstitutional and will not expect it. On the other hand, I can easily imagine atheists, agnostics, and other non-Christian students being offended by the inclusion of prayer (which always ends up being Christian). Allowing prayer at graduation ceremonies is a slap in the face to all non-Christian students. It contributes to the current climate of intolerance in American society where everyone is expected to be Christian and looked down upon if they are not. Bravo ACLU!