Gutsy High School Student Exposes Teacher Who Compared Atheism to Smoking—Wins Scholarship

What does Christianity have to do with economics?

Sarah Sheppard, a student from Katy, Texas was awarded a scholarship for her efforts in standing up to her high school teacher who was preaching Christianity to his students during economics classes, Raw Story reported.

According to Sheppard, the teacher explained how atheism was against human nature stating, “the mind rejects the concept of atheism” just like the body rejects smoking.

In a speech delivered at the Humanists of Houston meeting in Texas, Sheppard explained how she recorded her teacher on her cell phone after he began to talk about religion inappropriately and then sent the recording to the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).

FFRF consequently contacted the Katy school district and thanked the 19-year-old for reporting the incident.  In the following semester, the high school teacher told students in the same class that Sheppard had taken away his right to talk about Jesus.

Subsequently, Sheppard wrote about her experience for the Freedom From Religion Foundation Scholarship Essay contest and won 4th place and $500 last month.  However, not everyone has been so supportive of the proud, atheist's actions:

“I had a few friends in the same class that were angry with me and said I destroyed his freedom to religion, but in reality his actions were unconstitutional and were not related to economics at all…This was economics class, not Sunday school", she said.

"From this event I learned that even though I grew up with a shy personality I can still have a passionate and assertive voice that fights for what is constitutional,” she wrote in her essay.

Read more at Raw Story


Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet.


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