UPDATE: I’m adding one comment I found on Facebook’s “Standing strong with Kevin Lowery” page:
It’s unbelievable: these people feel uncomfortable UNLESS God is mentioned constantly—and, in this case, illegally. Sometimes I feel I’m living on a different planet from these people.
Here are a couple of comments from the Fox News story on Lebanon, Missouri’s praying-principal issue, “Missouri principal wows crowd, angers atheists with guarded ‘God’ references“.
I love the last comment, with “god” in lower case. But there’s a reason why people like Davidd1975 are sometimes called “the Christian Taliban.” Imagine if they ran the country! Could we still drink and dance?
Refreshingly, though, there’s a lot of pro-secularism comments on that thread, which surprised me.
In the meantime, a few more students and residents of Lebanon have overcome their fears and written to me in support of the First Amendment and against the relentless proselytizing of Lebanon High School, its principal, and its supporters. I hope to publish the thoughts of these dissenters later today. But in the meantime, what started as a simple criticism of a legal violation has become, for me, a fascinating glimpse into a part of American society that is widespread, but one that I don’t often hear from. Fascinating, but scary.