Damon Fowler, a high school senior at Bastrop High School in Louisiana, is being called an Atheist Hero in many forums and blogs this morning. Damon called for his school not to use a Christian prayer during their graduation ceremony, citing Louisiana law. Due to a threat of the ACLU, the school district decided to remove the prayer from their graduation program...but things only got worse for Damon. He has received death threats from other students, been slandered by his teacher, and has been cut off from communicating with his own mother. Even through all of this, Damon continued to stand up for the rights of the non-religious & the non-Christians! I am so proud of the young man and I am happy to have this intelligent young man on our side!

 

Hemant @ friendlyathiest.com wrote an exceptional blog on Damon and it is complete with links to Damon's original Reddit post, links to other blogs, as well as a video of the graduation rehearsal.

 

I commend this young man and now that the ACLU is involved, we should see some legal proceedings come out of this.

 

On a side note: His graduation is today. I'm eager to see if the school upheld their decision to leave the Christian prayer out of the ceremony or if these ignorant students decided to take the law in their own measly hands.

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Tags: Damon, Fowler, freedom, from, human, prayer, religion, rights, school

Comment by Walter Maki on May 20, 2011 at 2:29pm
Brave young man.
Comment by Scarlette Blues on May 20, 2011 at 2:35pm
Yes, he is. The more I read about this story, the more it makes me proud to be an atheist. Not only is the ACLU & the Friendly Atheist on board, PZ Myers and Matt from The Atheist Experience have pTicked up this story. Hemant on the F.A has also set up college scholarship for Damon with over 3k raised so far. :)
Comment by Scarlette Blues on May 20, 2011 at 2:35pm
picked up*
Comment by Cecilia on May 20, 2011 at 3:53pm

in addition to "liking" the "support damon" facebook page, send him a personal message of support to his  facebook page

Comment by Scarlette Blues on May 20, 2011 at 3:58pm
Thank you very much! He needs all the support he can get.

It's so amazing to see people come together! :)

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