God And Graduation
In that light, I offer up this from Michael Medved, with a sad shake of the head:
We recently attended the public high school graduation ceremony for our second daughter.Amen, brother.
With twelve speeches and a half-dozen musical performances, however, the faculty, students and guests scrupulously and noticeably avoided one word in the lengthy proceedings: the word God. There was no invocation, no benediction, no "God Bless America," no wish for "divine guidance" in going forward in life. This absence seemed particularly awkward because a graduation is a life cycle event: like a marriage, a funeral or a christening, it celebrates change and continuity--closing chapters and new beginnings. Without any timeless context, the participants invoked endless platitudes about "finding your own truth" and "following your hearts"--a bleak suggestion that these 18-year-olds are now on their own in shaping their lives!
The current allergy to religion in public occasions helps strip both life cycle events and education of their deepest meaning.
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