Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Power of Speaking Up for Our Constitutional Rights

From Jessica Ahlquist's FaceBook page:
Good news everyone! Although I can't announce that the prayer in my school is coming down yet (litigation is a slow process *sigh*), I can happily report that a graduation prayer at Laurens District High School in South Carolina will not be said!

Harrison Hopkins is a senior and will be graduating in June from this public high school. A vote is held yearly to determine whether or not the graduating class wishes there to be a prayer said at the ceremony. Obviously, this is unconstitutional. 
So after seeing the success of this group and cause, Harrison has decided to challenge his school prayer as well. We decided to contact the FFRF (Freedom From Religion Foundation) who then contacted the school to demand that the prayer not be voted on or said.

Though they claim that the prayer is not in violation of any rights (suuure), they have agreed not to say it.

Since this issue has been brought up, Harrison has been called a hypocrite, an asshole, and even the antichrist (hehe).

It's not easy to do these things. What Harrison and I are facing is difficult, but it shouldn't stop the movement which has begun. Yes, it's degrading to go to school everyday where you are hated by nearly everyone. It's painful to lose friends and know that the smiles some of your favorite teachers give you are forced. It's annoying to walk down the hall and hear people say things under their breath about you. However, it is a small price to pay in the scheme of things. We should all value our rights and freedom much more than what petty haters have to say.

Thanks again to everyone! ♥
Because Jessica was brave enough to stand up for herself and for the Constitutional rights of all of us, Harrison Hopkins found the strength to oppose the prayer in his own school. Bravery begets bravery.

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