Speak Your Mind: Taking on the Authorities
A few weeks ago, Rebecca Watson posted a video of a CFI conference panel moderated by Jessica Ahlquist. (Jen McCreight over at BlagHag also has nothing but nice things to say about Jessica’s talk at the Secular Student Alliance Conference.) Jessica, the CFI on Campus Volunteer High School Coordinator, went to a high school that hung a Christian “School Prayer” banner in its auditorium. She complained, and is now – along with the ACLU – challenging the practice in court. The panel is filled with similarly eloquent and intelligent young people who stand up for what they believe in, even when it puts them up against THE MAN.
Dooooood. Kids today. It takes such incredible courage to say no to this type of behavior, especially when it would just be easier to keep your head down and power through. I know that I wouldn’t have the guts to confront my high school administration. Luckily, that need never arose, but it does for a lot of middle and high school students.
Have you ever had to take on the authorities in order to enforce your rights? Did you meet resistance from teachers, friends and parents? What kind of support did you have, or not have? As the school year begins, do you think this type of activism will be necessary in your school?
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