May 2, 2010

Prayer Has No Place at Public University Graduation Ceremonies

Graduation ceremonies will soon be held at countless colleges and universities. They mark an important achievement and a transition to the next stage of graduates lives'. At public institutions, they should not be used as an excuse to promote the very sort of superstitious nonsense that secular education is supposed to expose for the deluded fantasy it is. And yet, many state colleges and universities will do just that via organized prayer.

In this post, we look at a particularly disturbing example of what is in store for some graduates. Big thanks to Godless Girl for finding the video below. This was filmed at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. And yes, this is a state (i.e., public) university.

When I watch this, I feel sorry for the young woman even though her behavior was inappropriate, disruptive, and unfair to inflict on the audience. I feel sorry for her because it does not appear that she has benefited from the sort of education universities are supposed to provide. Her money (or her parents money) seems to have been wasted. While she may now have a diploma, it sounds like she has managed to make it through college without expanding her mind. For that, I do pity her.

But you know what, it could have been far worse. The audience could have laughed her off the stage. Those on the stage near her, who I imagine were probably university officials (state employees), should have cut her off the moment she started into prayer. This sort of thing has no place at a public university.

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