Saturday, June 18, 2011

That Damon Fowler's classmates, teachers, and entire town, let him down and turned on him is no surprise. That his parents did too ...

US high school student threatened with death for opposing school prayer

Damon Fowler, via The Freethinker
On the eve of his graduation, the atheist student contacted the school superintendent to let him know that he opposed the inclusion of a prayer at the graduation ceremony. He pointed out that government-sponsored prayer in the public schools was unconstitutional and legally forbidden – and that he would be contacting the ACLU if it went ahead. The school agreed to substitute it with a moment of silent reflection, which was subsequently scuppered by a Christian student.
Then Fowler’s name, and his role in this incident, was leaked. As a direct result:
1) Fowler has been hounded, pilloried, and ostracized by his community.
2) One of Fowler’s teachers has publicly demeaned him.
3) Fowler has been physically threatened. Students have threatened to “jump him” at graduation practice, and he has received multiple threats of bodily harm, and even death threats.
4) Fowler’s parents cut off his financial support, kicked him out of the house, and threw his belongings onto the front porch.
Parents who disown their own child for fighting for his or her principles (admirable, respectable even in disagreement, Constitutional principles in this case, by the way) are cowards -- miserable, chickenshit, failures.
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