Christian Students Mock Atheist, Say Prayer at Graduation

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A high school in Louisiana removed a traditional prayer from its graduation ceremony after an atheist student complained. But one of the students put it back in.

Last week Damon Fowler wrote to the principal of Bastrop High School, saying the Christian prayer was a violation of church and state separation laws, and if it wasn't removed, he would contact the ACLU.

The school backed down and removed the prayer from Friday's program and replaced it with a moment of silence.

"I don't think it's a shame I'll be remembered this way, because what I'm doing is right," Fowler told TV station KTVE in Monroe, Louisiana.

However, the student who was supposed to introduce the moment of silence ignored the school's wishes, saying, "I now ask my fellow students who wish to join in to recite the Lord’s Prayer.” Laci Mattice said her faith compelled her to thank God for blessing the class of 2011.

Local newspaper the Bastrop Daily Enterprise reports that a majority of the 1,000 people who attended the ceremony said the prayer.

Here is video of the prayer being said at graduation: