South Carolina Federal Judge Partially Upholds Christian Prayers at School Graduation

Graduation pdGREENVILLE, S.C. — A federal judge in South Carolina has partially upheld the practice of Christian prayers during high school graduation ceremonies.

As previously reported, an anonymous couple contacted the American Humanist Association (AHA) in 2013 to complain that Mountain View Elementary School had held its graduation ceremony at the chapel on the campus of North Greenville University, a Christian institution in Traveler’s Rest. They also cited that prayers had been presented at the event.

The prayers, according to reports, had been written by the children and were reviewed by school officials before being presented.

In response to the complaint, AHA wrote to the Greenville School District, demanding that it change the location for future events and that it discontinue the presentation of prayers at school ceremonies. However, when the district refused, AHA filed a lawsuit in federal court, requesting an injunction in an attempt to force an end to the practice via court order.

U.S. District Court Judge George Ross Anderson first heard the case, and reportedly scoffed at AHA’s request for an injunction against the Greenville School District, stating that it was “making a mountain out of a molehill.” The chapel aspect of the lawsuit was later dismissed, but the matter of graduation prayer remained before the court.

In a ruling issued on Monday, U.S. District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks ruled partly in favor of AHA, but did not ban Christian prayers at graduation altogether. While Hendricks opined that school-sponsored prayers are unconstitutional, she stated that “spontaneous” student prayer is allowable.

The school district advised the court that it had taken the invocation out of the program after the suit was filed, but still allows student-initiated prayer.

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“The position of the defendant has no religious purpose or effect and does not improperly entangle the state with religion. Indeed, the new position gets the defendant out of that business entirely. And, yet it preserves the constitutional edicts of speech and free exercise for individual students, ” Hendricks wrote.

AHA said that it is still unhappy about the arrangement as it does not believe that students should be able to present Christian prayers at all, whether official or voluntary.

“It’s a sad day when the courts allow students to be subjected to Christian prayers during what should be a secular graduation ceremony,” executive director Roy Speckhardt said in a statement on Tuesday. “These prayers exclude kids and families of minority faiths and no faith.”

The organization plans to appeal.

The Greenville County School District defended its stance following the ruling.

“We remain confident of our position in maintaining an educational environment, including an awards program, in which individuals are treated with equal dignity and respect regardless of religion or faith,” it said in a statement.


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  • mynana

    God Bless you, young man, God has great and mighty plans for you. I know your parents are so very proud of you, they have raised up an mighty warrior for The Kingdom. Praise and Honor to The Lord that you have represented, and so boldly proclaim.

  • Sharon Jackson

    Thank God for this young man and his quick thinking in calling on the name of the ultimate healer. This is what we like to see from our young black men. Those who will take charge and bring people together for a greater good. He is certainly to be commended for his actions. And, I hope everything went well for the people involved in the medical emergency!

    • Jill Hodges Betts

      Forget young black men. This is what we like to see in all young men of any color. His family raised him right, on the path back to our Lord. ❤❤❤

      • Akeem Zamunda

        while this may be something that you’d like to see in all young men… Saying… “Forget young black men” is not how you should have gone about getting your point across…

      • Theresa Carroll-Hardy

        beautiful post Jill!!!

      • Lyneatha Drayton

        Amen. Time out for mentioning color. He prayed,

      • Dita Logos

        AMEN, Jill. I know what you are trying to say! Amen, ALL young men of God should be raised to be unafraid to speak in Jesus’ name!

    • Theresa Carroll-Hardy

      beautiful post Sharon…………………an awesome young man.

  • LeftCoast

    In Jesus’ name, AMEN!!!!

  • TheBBP

    That young man is going to point many hearts to Jesus.

    • LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead

      Amen

    • Lark62

      Or not.

      • Jack B Quick

        Perhaps. It’s ultimately not his own decision what others choose.

        However others may respond, his decision to seize the moment and offer a spontaneous, heart-felt, pure prayer in an authentic situation is a far better witness for Christ than some calculated, ritualistic, and premeditated prayer offered for the express purpose of impressing others.

  • Johnny Christensen

    Absolutely awesome !

  • MisterPine

    What a shame he didn’t know the preferred phrase “IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?”

    • The Last Trump

      Oh, ignorant Christian website stalking troll!
      He appealed to the very best possible doctor there is.

      The Great Physician Himself, Jesus Christ.

      • MisterPine

        http://time. com/8750/faith-healing-parents-jailed-after-second-childs-death/

        • smbelow

          Let me borrow “The Last Trump’s” exclamation:

          Oh, ignorant Christian website stalking troll! You and those of your ilk which neither understand reason or comprehend scripture. If you did, you would be able to recognize people that follow a false understanding of doctrine.

          Let me help you with your lack of rationality. In your first statement you posted:

          “What a shame he didn’t know the preferred phrase “IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?””

          Well…let me see. There was a ceremony in progress and according to his statements, he wasn’t close enough to know exactly what was happening and clearly (high school student) wasn’t the best position to diagnose the situation. Reason would dictate that there were not only adults, maybe even a doctor, but a large number of phones to make the 911 call needed. In other words, calling out “IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?” would’ve been after the fact. His choice? Ask those that weren’t directly involved to pray. Reasonable response.

          As for your link about the “faith healing parents.”

          Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

          First, understand that prayer isn’t some magic request. If you keep maintaining this position, you’ll remain ignorant of scripture. Prayer is to open ourselves to Him. You wouldn’t understand this because you probably have the crazy idea that the world we see and all its ugliness is the product of God’s essence. Read the book of Job; it’s powerful if you can understand the significance.

          I second this:
          “What an awesome young man, and what a great crowd,” one commenter named Matt wrote.

          • MisterPine

            First of all, quoting Trump is only advisable if you’re promoting his off-the-wall ramblings from fstdt. com.

            Secondly, assuming it’s very true that no one knew what was happening but that it was serious, how do you support prayer over the much more desirable matter of medical attention in a situation like that? Do you have any stats on how effective prayer has ever been in a situation like that?

          • smbelow

            …taking…deep…breath…

            “First of all, quoting…

            I don’t go chasing posters around the Internet. I merely quoted him in response to your mocking jab at what the “High School Senior” did.

            “…that no one knew…”
            Do you see how you’re adding information to the dialog?

            “how do you support prayer…”
            Is that what I inferred?

            “Do you have any stats…”
            Did you understand what I said about prayer?

            Read 2 Samuel 12:16-18
            A beautiful piece of scripture.

          • Lark62

            There have been several studies on the effectiveness of prayer. Three guesses why christians never mention them.

          • angel

            Jesus heals everyday ask people who have experienced it when medicine had come to its end. God of the BIBLE is REAL! Be thankful Christians founded this nation which gives you the freedom to believe or not believe in God, Arent you glad no one is forcing you to be a Muslim or have your head chopped off

          • LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead

            Amen and Amen

          • http://angelasdiscountmarket.com/angela.html Angela Gatlin Edwards

            Thank you. I couldn’t have made a better response, myself.

          • angel

            He was asked to pray by an employee.

      • LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead

        amen !

    • Marisa Johnson Womack

      He asked no questions because he knew doctor Jesus was already present. Smart kid, smarter than many adults!

      • Lark62

        You can’t be serious?

      • angel

        amen and amen Marisa. God supernaturally healed me of PTSD in an instant among other things. He is so REAL!

    • bowie1

      Are you sure there was no one to attend to the person going through the medical emergency? Perhaps someone was already calling 911. Lord knows I’ve had to call 911 many times for my wife’s frequent chest pain! P.S. Looking at the video it doesn’t appear this emergency was too serious.

    • angel

      He was asked to pray didn’t you see his interview on TV? if Isis was about to chop your head off what would be your response?? Isnt it great you get to live in a free country instead of Sharia law where you HAVE to be a MUSLIM or get your brainless head cut off and its all because of Christians!

  • Linda

    God bless his heart, what a great young man!

  • Christine Demetroff

    Bless Him and Prayers to the person who fel ill,, speedy recovery and prayers to the Young People who are Graduating GOD BLESS Each and everyone Amen

  • LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead

    In the Name of Yeshua Amen .

    • angel

      amen

  • AmericanJustice

    I like this kid! POWERFUL!

  • Porfirio Aguayo

    This is a prime example of a real Christian.

    • Lark62

      Which is why I prefer to avoid christians.

      “Oh a man is dying? Fantastic! What a great opportunity to show everyone what a great christian I am. Look at ME! Look at ME! Look at ME! God listens to ME! God likes ME best.”

      • Jack B Quick

        If the kid was a doctor who chose to stop and pray instead of apply medical knowledge (while praying internally), I’d agree w/ your point. Presumably, there were others attending to the medical needs directly and physically.

        In a moment where 100s of on-lookers are agitated and scared, you would respect the actions of the person who spoke up to help keep everyone calm, wouldn’t you? Doesn’t prayer achieve at least that, even if you don’t believe in the supernatural component of it?

      • penguin

        I guess that’s one way to look at it… but seeing as his prayer wasn’t 12 hours long and full of huge words… I’m gonna look at it the other way 🙂

      • Mike Stefan

        This is why I prefer to avoid Atheists.

        Their actions – their entire ideology, in fact – only exists as a hateful antonym to Christians.

        How blithely hypocritical you are, Lark62. Are you unaware that your response makes you guilty of the same accusation you leveled against this fine young man? This man whose jock you are not even worthy to carry? Is your outburst meant to have people look elsewhere?

        Well, we’re looking at you, Lark62. And we feel shame, and pity.

        • Lark62

          Seriously? Taking part in a conversation about the propiety of taking over a microphone during a possible emergency, and having this conversation calmly when no one requires medical assistance is exactly the same as taking over a microphone and calling attention to yourself during the emergency?

          Not.

          • Mike Stefan

            At worst, this young man called attention to the fact that he is a Christian, and he used his beliefs to focus a crowd into praying for the benefit of a fellow human being.

            At best, you called attention to yourself as an Atheist because you find Christianity distasteful. Need I point out – again – the parallel, which legitimately exposes you as a hypocrite?

            His actions intended to help another. What did yours do?

            Does the story imply in any way that his prayer delayed in any way medical attention?

            Of course not. All he did was focus a crowd’s mental energy on a positive outcome for a victim of a (presumably) health scare.

            We’ll thank you for your tolerance during a future positive expression of faith.

        • Cindy Ott

          Thanks Mike. And Lark62
          The bible says where two or three are gathered that God will be in the midst. Him getting to the mic, was for all to be on one accord, not saying look at me, Lark62. But saying if you would touch and agree with me in calling on the One who can make a difference we can pray that whatever is going on will turn around by the power of Jesus Christ who is the Healer, Who is the Deliverer, Who is the Way. He was merely a vessel to be used by God. I do feel sorry for you Lark62, because now that you have experienced this prayer your life will never be the same. We will be judged for what we know the bible says in the last days I will pour out my spirit on all men, every knee shall bow and tongue confess that he is Lord. So you just witnessed who God is and What God is capable of now you are held to a different standard and expectation from GOD. I pray God delivers your mind and heart that you may be able to see him when he returns. I don’t hate you I love you with the love of God and love you even more now to see that you are lost so I will definitely add you in my CHRISTIAN PRAYER. That god will keep you and cover you. You should thank this young man now, because of him you have an intercessor standing in the gap for you. In Jesus Name AMEN!

          • Kristin

            beautifully written @cindyott:disqus

          • angel

            well said Cindy. Amazing how God works. Some want to keep Him out of graduation prayers but His name was freely used in a desperate time of need.

      • angel

        an employee asked him to pray and he didn’t want to pray. You don’t know everything do you? Your judgmentalism is just one of the lies the devil fille your head with so he can have you in hell with his demons screaming and shouting at you and tormenting you for all eternity. “the devil is the father of all lies.” Those thoughts you think are from you is coming from the devil who is the enemy of your soul

        • Lark62

          Gotta love that christian love.

          Gag

      • Porfirio Aguayo

        Never stereotype.

    • Guy Montana

      I may be wrong in the way I read the story, however in some ways it reminded me too much of the “name it and claim it” theology in that it sounded like the student was ORDERING God to heal he person. We can believe that someone will be healed, however, we don’t have the authority to make and/or force God do anything. Just my opinion.

      • angel

        :Those who come to God must BELIEVE that He is and He is a rewarder of those who DILIGENTLY seek Him.” “Now therefore le us come BOLDLY before the throne of grace “

      • Lian Renaud

        Many illnesses can be healed by the person themselves,its working on self…amd character,the right foods can heal a lot too.The right food is medicine.there are many supplements,which are also considered food.we may be short of
        Many products slowly poison is with additives……two years ago I was really ill,now I eat nothing from a tin or packet,no dairy,no casein products and no gluten….nearly 90 % improvement!!!Raw veg better than cooked.

      • Porfirio Aguayo

        True.

  • G Smith

    He was strong and very courageous. Glory to God for his boldness and compassion. Blessings to hhim. 🙂

  • FoJC_Forever

    The stats for being healed through and by Faith is 100% of the time.

    The stats for people claiming to have Faith, but don’t know Jesus (the) Christ, being healed through and by Faith is 0% of the time.

    Medicine doesn’t heal. At best, it patches or helps the person endure the natural healing process of the body, which too is broken.

    Stats for people who don’t know Jesus (the) Christ being cast away into Eternal Damnation is 100% of the time.

    Stats for those who know, love, and follow Jesus (the) Christ being preserved and prepared for the Kingdom of God in the New Heavens and New Earth is 100% of the time.

    Jesus is waiting and wanting to forgive your Sin and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Call upon the LORD and He will not only save your from your Sin, but He will also heal your body and strengthen it to endure this hardships of this life.

    • Paul Hiett

      “Medicine doesn’t heal. At best, it patches or helps the person endure
      the natural healing process of the body, which too is broken.”

      /facepalm

      • MisterPine

        Oh my lord. My face is actually red with embarrassment. And I thought “Carholics aren’t Christians” was the most unbelievable thing he could say.

      • Jill Hodges Betts

        He is correct. Educate yourself. Our bodies are made to heal themselves with nutrition, vitamins and minerals. Doctors kill more people every year than people are murdered. Medicine is poison. Do the research, you might be surprised. Doctors love you because you are their meal ticket. Every drug out there can be replaced with a naturally grown plant or mineral or combo of the two.

        • Mac Stiles

          And a properly aligned spine. Don’t forget that. If your nerves aren’t firing on all cylinders, then the rest isn’t going to work either.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      That is actually one of the most brilliant things you have ever written – and you have written great stuff before. The Holy Spirit was with you today!

      • angel

        One of the names of God is healer. Jehovah Rapha

        • WorldGoneCrazy

          Thank you, Angel – this is good stuff. God bless you!

    • Vanessa Mallalieu

      you are a crazy person medicine saved my life when i had a bad infection and ended up in hospital. No amount of talking to hand would shift that

      • FoJC_Forever

        I think the language barrier has you misinterpreting what I wrote.

        • Beth Stone

          I have a birth condition. When I was born they said I would not live 24 hours. I believe God AND the physicians through Him healed me. God gave the Dr.s the skill, even if they don’t recognize Him. I am sure that is what you meant as well. Though it was not articulated that way. People always assume what you mean when they don’t even know you. It’s a character flaw of many.

          • FoJC_Forever

            No, I didn’t mean God gave doctors the knowledge and skill they use in their profession. If that were true, then I’d have to side with the Lie that God also gave the knowledge on how to murder a baby in the womb and call it healthcare. God does not heal through physicians. God heals through the power of Faith, which comes by hearing His Word.

            The only healing from God mentioned in the Scripture is miraculous, according to the power of Faith, the power of God’s Word. King Saul, who also consorted with a witch, only sought physicians for his physical ailments, not God.

            And, no, I’m not against going to the doctor. If you don’t possess Faith for healing what ails you, then seek out whatever natural means is appropriate. But, if you claim it’s from God’s Hand (meaning miraculous), you are in error, or, even worse, practicing sorcery.

    • Lark62

      Do you have a citation for those stats about being healed by faith? Because i that claim is ridiculous.

      • FoJC_Forever

        Those who want to live in Darkness will not come to the Light, that they may see. Those who want to believe the Lies of the fallen world will not come to the Truth, that they may know. Follow Jesus, find Truth.

        • Lark62

          Got it. No citation for those stats.

  • Lola Duncan

    This young man stood up and took control of the situation through prayer. Prayer is the answer to all things. I would like to Thank his family for raising him in a Christian home. I know the Lord will work mightily through him as he goes through life. And I hope that whatever was going on had a positive end.

  • Carol Panter

    “Jehovah-jireh, Jehovah-nissi, Jehovah-shiloh” What is all THAT about? Never heard of any of them.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      Me neither, but it seems solid (just take the spaces out before the dots):

      https://bible .org/seriespage/60-compound-names-jehovah-jireh-rapha-nissi

      and

      http://newlife .godresources .org/bonus/4-gods-jehovah-names/# .VV_UhPlViko

    • Crystal Lee

      Jehovah-Jireh – The Lord will provide, Jehovah-Nissi – The Lord is my banner, Jehovah-Shiloh – The Lord who is present
      There is also Jehovah-Rapha – The Lord that heals, Jehovah-Shammah – The Lord is there
      These are the names of our God

    • Church Media Dir.

      Jehovah-nissi
      Exodus 17:15 – And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi (NKJ) meaning – The LORD is my Banner

      Jehovah-shalom
      Judges 6:24 – Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovah-shalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. (NKJ) meaning- Lord is Peace

      Jehovah-Jireh
      Genesis 22:14 – And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. (NKJ)
      meaning- The LORD Will Provide

  • Texsheva

    Maybe HE will run for President one day….and I’d vote for him! Anyone who turns to prayer during such situations has his head on straight. What a great example of our youth!

  • StereoMan

    When I read stories like this I always wonder what the result would have been if this young man had been Muslim and stood up to read a Muslim prayer. I’m sure there would have been outrage. And so for that reason I think prayer wasn’t appropriate. Especially since the nature of the commotion was not known.

    • coldslaw

      The outrage would have been that we are not “the nation of islam” we are (or were) one nation under God. Glad I could help. Justifiably so, that there would have been outrage under your scenario. For you linguists, I know that caps should be used in “nation of islam,” I just can’t bring myself to even elevate from lower case to upper case, such a godless religion.

      • StereoMan

        They’d probably say the same thing about Christianity.

        • coldslaw

          Read our history, what they would say and what would in fact be true, are eons apart. Because our Judaeo-Christians heritage has been minimized to the point of extinction does not negate it.

          • StereoMan

            You’re calling it a godless religion. That’s false, their God is Allah.

          • coldslaw

            Sorry, THAT’S false. Small “g,” god. Small “g” god is no god. My point remains, a godless religion.

          • StereoMan

            There are those who would argue God and Allah are the same thing. You have your deity and they have theirs. From an outsider’s perspective it’s all the same.

          • coldslaw

            Totally understand…but it’s not the same…that’s from an insider’s perspective.

          • StereoMan

            The problem is people watching a graduation ceremony like that one wouldn’t be all “insiders”.

          • Griever

            You can bend until your back breaks trying to please muslims, but you never will. I’m not sure if you are a muslim or just a liberal sympathizer, but knowing that islam is a blight upon this earth is the beginning of all knowledge. I’m an atheist (not a proud one), but I respect Christianity. I have no respect or tolerance towards islam because it has none for me.

          • StereoMan

            My feeling is, and always will be, that medical attention is going to be far more desirable in a situation like this than any kind of prayer would be. As to what kind of prayer, I’m not sure that makes a whole lot of difference.

          • angel

            Allah =devil

    • Tim

      I have a question. If this young man was the same young man and he read from the Qur’an would there have been outrage? The answer is NO, absolutely not. Someone that believes in Christ isn’t outraged over prayer if it is for good. Outrage would come from those that use the Qu’ran as a pretext to extremist terrorism. This young man has not shown anything but compassion. I’m glad he prayed through Jesus Christ for help, but that would not stop me from applauding a young man in public schools from praying for a just cause even if he was Muslim. What I get upset about is the FFRF stating it’s a “problem to pray in public at a school activity for fear of offending an atheist. That to me is the problem. The FFRF needs to step aside, they have no business in these affairs.

      • Lark62

        All over the country, when city councils are forced to include non christian prayers, council members walk out before the non christian begins to speak. There is no evidence for the claim that christians will listen politely.

        There are even some really great quotes to the effect “how dare those people expect me to listen to a prayer to a god I don’t worship?” as they put forth a requirement that every one who wants to attend a government meeting sit through a prayer to a god they may not worship.

        Do you truly not understand that teacher led prayer in school is not about being offended? Every single person has a right to go to school and attend their graduation and attend city council meetings without praying to someone else’s god.

        • Griever

          Well, try going to an Islamic country and saying a Christian prayer during any kind of assembly. Seriously, go try it. You’ll wish that all they did was walk out. As an atheist, I still realize that this began as a Christian nation, so I’m not bothered by prayers. I’m bothered by Islam because a “moderate” Muslim is simply a myth. When people have to say “it’s a religion of peace” over and over and over, there’s probably an issue going on there.

          • Lark62

            I do not live in a muslim country. I do not live in a christian country. I live in a country founded by people who saw the damage wrought when religion was bestowed with the authority of government. These people “We the People” formed a secular government with no mention of god, except for the provision that no religious test is required for public office. No level of government in the US can pick one religion to promote as the good or right religion.

      • angel

        exactly. I wonder what they would be doing if we were attacked by Isis and had a knife to their throats lined up next to a Christian. They would convert to Islam in a split second

        • Tim

          That is a very true statement. I’ve actually been told that by a couple. They stated “I would convert but I wouldn’t believe” In other words an atheist doesn’t really stand on any real principles, but they sure like to claim that they do.

  • coldslaw

    ACLU is running for cover, with their heads bowed. God, give us more young men with guts like that and we will be great again.

  • Debbie

    So….how is the sick person??

    • Tim

      If you believe in the power of this young man’s prayer, you already have the answer to that question.

      • Jack B Quick

        I believe, but that doesn’t give me any insight into the physical condition of the person in the stands. After all, no prayer changes the fact that these imperfect Earthly bodies wear out and die. Our faith should help us accept that and grow to be at peace w/ that, but in the meantime, doing our best to keep these bodies working well as long as possible is entirely compatible w/ our faith.

        • Tim

          That is very true. Thanks. Prayer will help us emotionally through struggle.

    • Lark62

      Don’t be ridiculous. Nobody cares. Crawford got lots of attention. Crawford got praise. Crawford got a great start to his career preaching jeebus. Read through the comments. Praise be to this fine young man. The person with a medical emergency is irrelevant. Crawford is the one who matters here.

      Crawford took a stranger’s medical emergency and made it all about him. If you don’t believe me, read the comments.

      Christian love at it’s finest.

      • pilgrim249

        The motto of the modern atheists: “There is no God, and we despise Him”—what a bunch of losers, in this life and the next.

    • Jack B Quick

      Yeah, that is callously forgotten in all of this.

  • Brenda Estes

    Bottom line, this young man did an awesome thing!!! God heard his prayer and will reward him for it! Praise God for him!! The nay sayers…..well, if you are in trouble and if God tells someone to pray for you….I pray they obey cause it may be your only hope!

  • Debi Desmond

    How long before the ACLU finds a way to bring action against this school for allowing the name of Jesus and a prayer to be said at a graduation? It’s going to come. God bless this young man and all of those who prayed with him

    • Lark62

      The school hardly sponsored or organized this.

    • Jack B Quick

      Stop w/ the persecution complex. The only times the ACLU comes after us is when they see us pushing our faith on others in an unconstitutional way. This was a private citizen sharing his own faith publically and spontaneously. No govt entity endorsed it, and no one was forced to participate.

  • baddgolfer

    Well done brother!

  • Joshua Frank

    This young man is truly blessed and there are great blessings coming his way. In Jesus name I pray.

  • Tim

    The more I see from our youth, the more I am encouraged that God is ever present and that Christ is and will always be a healer of soul, body, and the human spirit. It is of great interest to me that our young people realize the power of prayer. This young man has given us an example that can easily be followed. It doesn’t require any complexity, no argument, no discussion. It’s a young man, a leader of his peers that has taken on the leadership characteristics he no doubt deserves. Would it not be great for this world if our leaders were to be more compassionate about people, be leaders without fear of reprisals, and that as many of our previous leaders did, give credit to God and his nature of healing an entire nation.

  • Tabitha Butterworth

    This young man IS the true definition of a Christian. We should ALL take example from him. He called on the Ultimate Healer for help in a time of need. He showed that he is not afraid to call upon the Lord and ask for his blessing and help. He is not ashamed to do so in front of so many others. We need so many more young people like this young man. I am so proud to call him my brother, in Christ. Thank you, fine young man! You made my day!

  • Joy Curtis Hogue

    This young man needs to be a minister. God bless you son!!!

  • audieho

    What a great young man. He certainly a natural leader and his actions are a testament to how well he was raised. I hope there are more young men all across America like him and I wish it were their stories making headlines.

  • Chrissy Mele

    God Bless that student This is for the add under that students story …….are you shitting me i would not send bible to iraq for th iraqies id send a fkb A bomb they aint worth the print for all the shit they cause us in America

  • Lark62

    I don’t see brave or humble or good in this. At all.

    I see an arrogant, self righteous jerk who would take a medical emergency of a stranger and use it to bring attention to himself. I see just another christian who looks at a person in pain and instead of compassion thinks “Oh Goody. Let’s get me some jesus points.”

    Other christians may find this disgusting behavior okay. Those outside your precious bubble see it for what it is.

    Does your god not hear quiet prayer? Does your god, who said not to pray to be seen by men, honor loud attention seeking prayer? Since when?

    Why couldn’t this man say “there appears to be a medical emergency. Everyone please remain seated and quiet. If you are so inclined, pray for this situation.” Then you might have have hundreds of quiet prayers instead on loud prayer spoken to bring attention to one person’s in your face holiness.

    This was all about attention and praise for Crawford. He earned his jesus points. He deserves contempt.

    • Jack B Quick

      No judgment here, but I presume you are an atheist b/c only by eliminating the existence of God from the equation can you saw it’s all about Crawford. If, for some odd, odd reason, he was instead praising, say, a football coach, you might think it was crazy, but you wouldn’t think it was all about the speaker b/c the football coach’s existence wouldn’t be in dispute and you’d see the attention pointed that way, not back at the speaker. As one who believes in God, I see this prayer focusing on God, not young Crawford.

      God hears private prayer, too, but in a social setting where there is fear, agitation, worry, etc, something communal that alleviates that is also very much appropriate.

      It is the article, with its complete neglect of the person who was in medical need, that makes this as if it’s all about Crawford. He didn’t. He did something instinctive, noble, and beautiful.

      • Lark62

        I have no problem with quiet individual prayer. I have no problem with showy, ostentatious prayer in religious settings where such conduct is welcome. In this place, as the emergency unfolded, I think this individual did this to be seen by men and admired for his piety. That’s just my opinion.

        You may be right, though, that the author may have contributed by ignoring the person with the emergency.

    • Parque_Hundido

      May I remind you that the ceremony was held in “Cougar Stadium”? Maybe he was trying to get the attention of a cougar. Sad, but possible.

    • angel

      Jesus gives supernatural peace which passes all human understanding, joy unspeakable and full of glory and a NEW HEART. He frees you from oppression and depression, malice, hate, and fills you with His love through the power of the Holy Spirit. How sad to see the devil has you where he wants you! in your own little prison filling your minds with negative hateful thoughts. It must be awful to merely exist breathing in and out instead of living life to the fullest. the ZOE kind of life Jesus gives. God the supreme and god the devil always at war. FYI the student was asked to pray by a school official. Too bad your god didn’t reveal this information to you so you wouldn’t look like such a fool on here. I wonder what your prayer would be if ISIS had a knife to your throat? Would you shout ‘hey this is a medical emergency help me devil”

      • Lark62

        Your religious beliefs give you peace. That’s fine.

        I spent decades as a Christian. I now find rational thinking to be wonderful and fulfilling. I see a world full of good people and good things. I don’t tell you that you are really miserable but just don’t realize it. That would be both unkind and untrue. As were your comments about me.

  • Sheila Annette Cook

    God bless this young man who declared the word of the Lord. May you be blessed every where your feet shall trod. May you walk in the favor of God. May you be blessed abundantly in Jesus name. Continue to keep God first and He shall direct your path. I declare it is so and so it is.

    Amen

  • Kehalilah Lilly

    Amen. Won’t he do it? Yes Lord he will fix it.

  • princess

    GOD works in mysteries ways

  • toemoss

    lark62 the kid was senior class president and clearly a leader, calmly took control of the situation and rallied support for the ill person.
    you are clearly lost, at least for now, I suppose you are one of these guys that believed the universe came into existence as a huge cosmic fart. sorry, not likely. ever heard of John Newton—- I still have hope for you!

  • Latosha Pounds

    In the name of Jesus Amen. Question, Did anyone see the young man behind him take his hat off before the prayer? Those 2 young men just touched my heart. Very respectful

  • Parque_Hundido

    “Cougar Stadium”??? They actually built a stadium so that these older women could meet younger men? And they held a high school graduation there?

    They need our prayers.

  • pilgrim249

    It looks like Jesus is Lord in that school, whether the ACLU likes it, or not.

  • Elana Maria Scott

    Thank you JESUS ! For that young man’s prayer Amen