The Lord is NOT my Shephard . . .
So, this happened:
It's a pretty simple story about a South Carolina Valedictorian speech, in which he tore in half his pre-approved speech to then recite the Lord's Prayer and talk about how important his faith was. In his speech, he had a lot of great things to say about his fellow classmates and being a part of your community and lots of other things. I could really care less that he recited the Lord's Prayer and made it religious. I think it was stupid that he alienated any one of his fellow classmates that do not share the same or any prayer, but he is just one student and he had the podium.
The real issue I see with this is that most Christians out there today feel like they are being attacked because there is an upraise in the secular movement and atheism, in general. So, these people are calling his speech brave and courageous and telling him to keep it up because "Jesus Loves You", one commentator said. Like I said, his speech does not bother me . . . if he spoke out on his own. However, if his speech was, in any way, encouraged by one of his educators or any administrative staff to the school, then that is where I have a problem. People who complain that religion is under attack in the schools and that their freedom of speech is being marginalized are using a logical fallacy called appeal to emotion, or argumentum ad passiones. Let's simplify this . . . just because you hold a belief or faith so strongly that it appears to be self-evident (an axiomatix truth), that does not mean that it is a truth outside of your self-evident delusion.
Am I being too hard on the religious here when I use the word delusion? I would argue . . . NO. Even though I think god to be a delusional concept, I do not believe that people are delusional to believe in a god. However, I do believe it to be severely delusional for people to think that they hold the one and only truth and to mask it as a resolution to peace, salvation and eternal life.
The argument about religion being under attack in our schools, and anywhere else in our country, comes from one religion . . . guess which. Christianity, as a blanket thing, feels that it is under attack because it feels as though it is losing the majority. It never should have had the majority when it comes to it, as a religion, having dogmatic authority over social and/or political domain. We were not founded on those principals and never should have gotten to the point that any sort of majority believed that we were founded on those principals.
Recently, there was also this story:
This guy says it very well in regards to "The Ten Commandments" being displayed publicly. THEY SHOULDN'T. They have nothing to do with our society, how we were founded, nor what we are furthering ourselves to become as a nation. As he very appropriately points out:
Many Christians may feel that people are being brave to not abide with the law and respect that we are all different, but it's really just disrespectful. Prayer has no place in our schools because it only singles out one religion of which there are many sects. We are a nation that is of many religious freedoms, not just a freedom for Christianity to dominate.