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May 26, 2011 4:26 PM Subscribe
Student Protests Prayer at Graduation, Gets Divine Retribution Instead
posted by zooropa (357 comments total)
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A high school atheist in Bastrop, Louisiana tried to stop prayer at his graduation by writing to his superintendent and threatening to bring in the ACLU. The superintendent complied, but the student's name was leaked, and soon he was harassed by fellow students and a former Teacher of the Year, and was kicked out of his house.
Once the student's name was released, and his role in this incident, was leaked, the following resulted
1) He was hounded, pilloried, and ostracized by his community.
2) One of his teachers (a former Teacher of the Year) publicly demeaned him.
3) He was physically threatened and received death threats.
4) His parents cut off his financial support, kicked him out of the house, and threw his belongings onto the front porch.
To add insult to injury, even though the prayer was dropped from the program, one of the student speakers said her faith compelled her to thank God for blessing and went ahead and led the crowd in prayer anyway.
. “I respect the beliefs of other people,” Mattice told the parents, family, and friends assembled for the graduation, “but I feel that I can’t go on without giving glory to my Lord today. I want to ask for the Lord’s blessings upon us.” With the crowd cheering her on, Mattice then invited her fellow seniors to join her in reciting the Lord’s Prayer “if they want to.”
A college fund has been setup to help support the protesting student
since his parents have cut him off.