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Round Rock Graduation Prayer Approved

From: user 3.
Sent on: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 2:43 PM
Friends,

From: 
http://www.states...­

Round Rock, McNeil, Stony Point high schools approve graduation prayer
Invocations would be nonsectarian.

By Bob Banta
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Monday, May 21, 2007

ROUND ROCK �� Seniors at three of the Round Rock school district's four high 
schools voted to have an invocation at their graduation programs this month, 
ending a week of discussion over how to approach the subject of prayer at 
graduation.

>>>>"We need a generic invocation asking God for guidance," School board 
>>>>memb­er Vivian Sullivan said. "If you're an atheist, then just humor 
>>>>us."­<<<<

More info at the url above.

Is it just me, or is a "nonsectarian prayer" an oxymoron? As soon as you 
mention the name of the god you're praying to, you're declaring the type of 
prayer, and thus the religion of the prayer. You also determine to some 
extent the sect too, since so many sects refuse to promote their prayers in 
public this way. I'd like to compile a list of denominations that wouldn't 
take part in this. I'll bet that list would be surprisingly long. I keep 
meeting Christians who oppose government prayers.

A "generic invocation" sounds like they're trying to say that there is a 
type of prayer that would cover all religions and even people with no 
religion. I won't "just humor" them when they push it on me, I just hope 
someone in the graduating class objects. Unfortunately the decision has been 
made.

PLEASE let me know if you'd like to help out with Atheist activism in Texas. 
There are lots of religious bills in the State Legislature right now, so we 
need to speak out! :o)

Joe Zamecki
Texas State Director
American Atheists
Austin, TX
www.atheists.org/tx
www.youtube.com/aajo­eyjo
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