Damon Fowler

Damon Fowler is a graduating senior in Louisiana. He is also an atheist and he didn’t like his school’s plan to include prayer at the graduation ceremonies. He contacted administrators and let them know their plan was illegal and he would involve the ACLU if necessary. Surprisingly, the school backed down right away. However, unsurprisingly, it still allowed prayer to go on during certain school-sponsored ceremonies anyway.

Damon has now become an outcast at his school, even receiving wildly inappropriate criticism from teachers. (One teacher, Mitzi Quinn, said Damon had contributed nothing to his classmates.) This isn’t that shocking coming from the South.

But there is good news. Various pro-First Amendment and atheist sites have picked up the story. One result has been a $1,000 college scholarship from The Freedom From Religion Foundation for Damon. At another site, Friendly Atheist by Hemant Mehta, even more money has been donated:

I’ve been gone most of the day, but when I looked tonight, I saw you that 244 of you had chipped in over $5,500…

I’m amazed at how much support you’re all giving him. I’m so proud to be part of this community.

I’m glad to see yet another atheist fighting for basic principles (ones to which so many Christians pay lip service and nothing more), while also being given the gift of a substantially reduced college bill. Now if only those in charge of Damon’s school could become half as educated as he already is, then no one would have to make blog posts like this.

5 Responses

  1. This type of discrimination must continue to be fought by exposure. Eventually, people who think the world revolves around their empty heads will see the world laughing at their Bronze age stupidity.

  2. Actually, there are a lot of Christians out here supporting Damon.

  3. Where is he going to college? $6500 is a wonderful gift (and shows that atheists can be just as charitable as christians — probably more so) but when your parents have effectively abandoned you…well, depends where you’re going to school, but more is needed.
    When I was in HS my (atheist) parents discouraged me from coming out and standing against things like this…now I see what they were afraid of.

  4. This kid is in the right that a public school can not lead a ceremony in prayer. However, I don’t see anything wrong with allowing individuals in the audience to pray. That’s there personal right.

  5. Wendy makes an excellent point that this is not reflective of all Christians. In this case, the hypocrisy is blatant and cannot be ignored, nor should it. Similar to the Kitzmiller VS Dover case, in which Judge Jones actually received death threats from Christians for his impartial interpretation of the law of the land. The problem is that religion has remained unopposed by those who do not conform for so many centuries, due to the threat of ex-communication in the least and a horribly painful death at the opposite end of the spectrum, that they still mistakenly assume that everyone should believe as they do…. as if there is no alternative. I wish more would listen to the words of Christ and apply them. Once again, this does not reflect all Christians but that mindset seems very prevalent.

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