Public School Cancels Graduation Rather Than Remove Prayer From Ceremony

Education

Arkansas’ Riverside Public School District has called off its sixth grade graduation ceremony after a parent asked administrators to remove a Christian prayer from the opening address to the students. The school was contacted by a local parent, supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, over the inclusion of prayer in the public school ceremony; but rather than remove religion from the festivities, they canceled them entirely.


Sixth grade parent Kelly Adams told ABC News affiliate KAIT8 that the request to take prayer out of the opening address upset parents and students, explaining that the school’s decision to cancel was justified because “we just want to take a stand for God because we felt like out rights were taken away.”

Conceding that not everyone is Christian at the school, Adams added: “I realize they have rights too but you can’t take rights away from one group and give it to another.”

Kelly, along with other parents, have arranged to hold an alternative ceremony at a nearby church, where they will be free to pray. ”We are including everyone, everyone is invited, we want everyone to come and be a part of it,” she said of the decision to relocate.

“We’re not trying to be pushy or ugly to anybody, we just want them to know there is a God who loves them,” she said of the new ceremony.

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}
@2022 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by fontsempire.com.