After reading about Damon Fowler this week , the atheist high school student who protested against his school’s graduation prayer, I was inspired to do a comic page on it. This is more satire than criticism because if you think about it, life changes dramatically after you leave the small world existence of high school and go to college. And what does a graduation prayer signify? Thanking god for all your hard work? God didn’t do it, you’re the one who studied and passed your tests. Otherwise you’d be able to pray to god and have instant knowledge.
Many former church-going Christians when they leave home are exposed to new ideas and while they don’t all turn into atheists they do modify their beliefs. I used “socialist university professors” as a conservative parents’ worst nightmare. Don’t worry, it’s not so bad. Many socialist students turn back into conservatives when they start their own businesses.
BTW: If you do want to show financial support for Damon The Friendly Atheist has set up a support fund. From what I know posted by another Freethunk reader, Damon has been kicked out of his home after this fiasco and is essentially out on his own except for the support of the freethinking community. I believe it makes sense to reward such courage in the face of a Christian majority. I’m hesitant to set him up as a hero as it undoubtedly means someone will find some flaw in his skeleton closet, but no one is perfect. This is a teenager who did his best to do the right thing and after seeing the reaction I think he has made a valuable contribution to other atheist high school students facing the same prospect. The Christian majority, while retaining personal freedom of religious expression, needs to get used to the idea that public school events are not church.