Students Want Apology from Missouri Administrator Who Preached Christianity at Graduation

May 16, 2017

By Hemant Mehta

A Missouri public school administrator deciding to turn a graduation ceremony into a church service over the weekend. Willard High School’s Superintendent Kent Medlin should have talked about the students’ future; instead, he gave a sermon.

He asked students to stand up and pray as a Christian, quoting the Bible numerous times throughout. Many students felt extremely ostracized by the situation, when choosing not to pray,” said Ashlynn Bradley, a senior. “Dr. Medlin, the superintendent, even invited students to his office for coffee to discuss ‘the Lord.’ This was incredibly inappropriate.”

It’s not that he tried to exclude them. It’s that he assumed everyone would be just fine with him talking about Christianity at a time when they should’ve been celebrating their high school careers and looking to the future.

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16 comments on “Students Want Apology from Missouri Administrator Who Preached Christianity at Graduation

  • Students Want Apology from Missouri Administrator Who Preached Christianity at Graduation

    Ah! But his god-delusion will tell him he rightfully (ab)used his position to further “trooo religion”!

    We all know that credit for achieving graduation has nothing to do with good teaching or hard work by students! 🙂 –
    “God-did-it” – at least in the eyes of deluded muppets who have no understanding of the real world, or views other than their own!

    They usually also have nothing of merit to say from their own thoughts, so quote religious books which they have been indoctrinated to regard as authoritative sources!

    “He asked students to stand up and pray as a Christian,
    quoting the Bible numerous times throughout.
    Many students felt extremely ostracized by the situation, when choosing not to pray,”

    Perhaps this “Stupidintendent” Kent Medlin, should be required to pray – with another meeting crowd – as an educational experience!

    “He will be asked to bow down facing Mecca, and pray as a Moslem, quoting the Holy Quoran numerous times throughout.
    He may feel extremely ostracized by the situation, if choosing not to pray,”



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  • When I see young people, who believe in god, it makes me feel so sad.
    How can anyone still believe in god in 21st century? In the era of information, when you can find anything in the internet, when you can read books from any library, when you can see the Moon via internet channels. How can people believe in such things, when there is physics, which is far more interesting than all the saint books from all religions.
    But I guess people who believe in something like god, they are just too lazy to explore real life.
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  • Michael

    I don’t think they are lazy. I think they are brainwashed. I think humans are vulnerable to indoctrination, especially when it happens to children and continues their whole life until the day they die. It’s very difficult to escape from this programming. All we can do is challenge the storyline that has been fed to the poor victims of the indoctrination and hope that something gets through to them and creates a crack in their armor and then provide a visible support system for them when they think their way free.

    For the hoards who are still under the effect of this toxic mind slavery, containment is needed because contrary to the idea that the religious must keep their ideology to themselves, they never seem to do that. In fact, historically, they are never so pleased as when they break out of that societal containment and proceed to wreak havoc on the general society and impose their oppressive measures on others whether they like it or not or as they say, for their own good.

    On an individual level atheists can do the most good in being “out” so as to give courage to others of like mind to do the same. This gives us the backing of a community when we challenge the religious powers that be. When everyone knows an atheist personally then there will be much less shock for all of us when we make statements that compromise the grip that religion has on vulnerable minds.

    On a group level we must use influence to guard our secular constitution and institutions against the creeping strategies of the fundamentalists who intend to insinuate their own version of morality on the general public for their own good, like it or not.

    At this point in time and in this place with everything that’s going on, I think I appreciate the Enlightenment bunch more and more every day!

    “Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.” – Denis Diderot



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  • LaurieB,
    I agree with you but would like to extend another “category”. Look at the face of the man in the OP. He clearly is doing something that he expects reward for doing. I truly think that the vast vast majority of people that identify as a certain specific religion DO NOT believe the basic dogma of said religion, DO NOT behave or act in any way shape or form like an adherent to said religion, DO NOT read/investigate/analyze their belonging to such and such religion. UNLESS and UNTIL they sense reward coming their way. I mean, the entirety of religious belief rests upon this notion that there will be “heaven”, “shangri la”. “paradise”, “eternity” tailored just for them if and only if they suffer in the name of some “maybe” today, in the here and now. Shit, even Santa Claus is built on the same foundation of promise of reward .

    Think this through, the pope, THE POPE, who is infallible in the eyes of the believers, has detractors, who, themselves are ordained in the apostolic ministry in service to THE POPE. They “believe” he can’t be wrong and then they publicly say that he’s wrong.

    These people are not anything other than supremely unhappy with every facet of their lives and so much so that they say “fuck it” I am “all in” with this delusional bullshit because what could be fucking worse than the life they already lead AND if they continue their misery and offer their “suffering” (even though it is a choice to suffer), up to ________________, their “next shot at it” will be comprised of nothing but “happy”.

    Now, the rewards are those “knowing glances” they get to share with the other deluded. Being in the “in crowd”. Sitting in judgement. telling people they will burn in hell. Feeling superior. business networking opportunities. Not having to accept those yucky ______________. Being the “chosen” ones. Hating the ________________. Shared history….etc…. oh, and “the afterlife”.

    How many of these people say “everything happens for a reason”? BULLSHIT.

    How many of these people ask “if you could live forever would you”? TOTAL BULLSHIT — as, you all already think we ALL are eternal — you all think we ALL go to heaven or hell for eternity, so what part of that is NOT living forever?

    How many of these people think that this life is a test to get to their heaven and then they lobby crazy fervent hard to have something like abortion made illegal. BULLSHIT. If you actually believed in heaven/hell and eternity, you’d be salivating to have abortion be commonplace because people “LIKE YOU” would pass the test and get eternal happy and those bad bad bad people who get abortions would go to hell. But, see they don;t REALLY believe that. Because if they did, eternal damnation and the freedom to fail the test would figure in their paradigm. Somewhere in that frazzled wiring, they suspect that their whole system is shite… And, the need the assurance of other idiots and the insurance of forbidding by law what simply should be “part of the test”. temptation only exists if I have the CHOICE to accept it.



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  • LaurieB,
    I agree with you but would like to extend another “category”. Look at the face of the man in the OP. He clearly is doing something that he expects reward for doing. I truly think that the vast vast majority of people that identify as a certain specific religion DO NOT believe the basic dogma of said religion, DO NOT behave or act in any way shape or form like an adherent to said religion, DO NOT read/investigate/analyze their belonging to such and such religion. UNLESS and UNTIL they sense reward coming their way. I mean, the entirety of religious belief rests upon this notion that there will be “heaven”, “shangri la”. “paradise”, “eternity” tailored just for them if and only if they suffer in the name of some “maybe” today, in the here and now. Shit, even Santa Claus is built on the same foundation of promise of reward .

    Think this through, the pope, THE POPE, who is infallible in the eyes of the believers, has detractors, who, themselves are ordained in the apostolic ministry in service to THE POPE. They “believe” he can’t be wrong and then they publicly say that he’s wrong.

    These people are not anything other than supremely unhappy with every facet of their lives and so much so that they say “fuck it” I am “all in” with this delusional bullshit because what could be fucking worse than the life they already lead AND if they continue their misery and offer their “suffering” (even though it is a choice to suffer), up to ________________, their “next shot at it” will be comprised of nothing but “happy”.

    Now, the rewards are those “knowing glances” they get to share with the other deluded. Being in the “in crowd”. Sitting in judgement. telling people they will burn in hell. Feeling superior. business networking opportunities. Not having to accept those yucky ______________. Being the “chosen” ones. Hating the ________________. Shared history….etc…. oh, and “the afterlife”.

    How many of these people say “everything happens for a reason”? BULLSHIT.

    How many of these people ask “if you could live forever would you”? TOTAL BULLSHIT — as, you all already think we ALL are eternal — you all think we ALL go to heaven or hell for eternity, so what part of that is NOT living forever?

    How many of these people think that this life is a test to get to their heaven and then they lobby crazy fervent hard to have something like abortion made illegal. BULLSHIT. If you actually believed in heaven/hell and eternity, you’d be salivating to have abortion be commonplace because people “LIKE YOU” would pass the test and get eternal happy and those bad bad bad people who get abortions would go to hell. But, see they don;t REALLY believe that. Because if they did, eternal damnation and the freedom to fail the test would figure in their paradigm. Somewhere in that frazzled wiring, they suspect that there whole system is shite… And, the need the assurance of other idiots and the insurance of forbidding by law what simply should be “part of the test”. temptation only exists if I have the CHOICE to accept it.



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  • Delusions aside, what do parents of those students think of the lack of professionalism. This man is a Dr of something, where ethics would / should be considered when making public statements on personal ‘beliefs’, in the capacity of his position as Superintendent. I would consider his behaviour as disrespectful, and lacking in professional conduct. A person with good leadership skills knows better than to inject their own bias when out of context. In this case a school graduation celebration. Will these young students now have to live with the threat that when they attend university they will be subjected to the same arrogance? I hate to think so but…….. Thanks for nothing Mr Trump.



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  • crookedshoes #4
    May 17, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    How many of these people say “everything happens for a reason”?

    Well it does – as we know, – but the “reasons” are in the laws of physics and the history of the universe/Solar-System/planet! – and we as scientists admit, we will never know all of them, but will have a good try with quite a few!
    On the other hand, their religious “reason”, is that they know all the answers because god-did-it in mysterious ways, so tiny minds need not be strained or troubled by making the effort of looking any further!
    Big sky-daddy will do it all for them, and they will “KNOW” better than other people without bothering with all that thinking, research, and study palaver!
    (That must be troooo – Their preachers said so!)



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  • Crooked

    Look at the face of the man in the OP. He clearly is doing something that he expects reward for doing.

    The face of the man in the picture is beaming out his own sanctimonious purity signaling. He is utterly convinced that he is in possession of the one true pure truth (out of the billions of sad sack humans on this earth, why him :-D) and that gives him the right and obligation to press that truth on everyone around him. I’ve seen that expression more times than I can count in this life. As they blurt out their delusional drivel there is something very different going through my mind – You think you’re utterly brilliant and proud of yourself but I think you’re a fucking idiot. We have a discrepancy here. Discrepancies are annoying.

    Somewhere in that frazzled wiring, they suspect that there whole system is shite…

    So you’re saying that this is a separate category of believers – Those who are indoctrinated but the job was only half done? Or some of it stuck but imperfectly? And so these people don’t want to throw it off because they appreciate the benefits of belonging to the flock of sheep and they find the future reward to be well worth the price they pay for membership? Hmm. Intellectually dishonest, isn’t it? I can’t say that I feel pity for this bunch. Scorn is more like it. I can’t relate to this position at all.



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  • jiggernaught #5
    May 17, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    I would consider his behaviour as disrespectful, and lacking in professional conduct. A person with good leadership skills knows better than to inject their own bias when out of context.

    Ah!
    But the indoctrinated god-deluded are taught that Canon Law trumps civil law, along with codes of conduct, and that religious doctrine and dogma IS the basis of morality!

    “Leadership skills” in their minds, are the church leadership skills of delusion promoters!

    http://www.carbonated.tv/news/federal-judge-rules-catholic-church-law-trumps-civil-law-denying-sex-abuse-victims-compensation

    The Archdiocese of Milwaukee, much like many other Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States, have been facing significant wrath over the Church’s handling of pedophile priests. The Archdiocese has been accused of shielding several dozen priests who have molested children, including one who personally molested nearly 200 deaf boys, or practicing the standard church policy of transferring sexually abusive priests to different churches to avoid scandal, rather than reporting them to police.
    When victims of sex abuse sued the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, eventually their response was to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    Now that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is out of bankruptcy, a current issue at stake is the reabsorption of assets the church transferred in 2007 to a cemetery trust fund, created by then Archbishop Timothy Dolan (now a cardinal, Archbishop of New York, and de facto spokesperson for the Catholic Church in America) to protect some $57 million from further liabilities. If the assets were to be reabsorbed, it would present victims an opportunity for just compensation against their abuse. The bankruptcy court ruled that the assets must be reabsorbed. The Church appealed to the federal courts. Today, in a broadly sweeping ruling in Wisconsin, District Court Judge Rudolph T. Randa overruled the bankruptcy court, saying essentially that the Catholic Church’s right to religious liberty renders it immune from civil law.

    Yep that “wonderful church” which is dedicated to “helping” the poor and abused! 🙂

    When the god-deluded are appointed to roles of authority, their delusion biases kick in to protect and advance their delusion-promoting organisations and dogmas!

    God-delusions don’t tolerate their mind-slaves following other people’s rules which contradict their missionary interests!



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  • Good, Laurie, (7)

    I feel the same way. We all need to stop pussy-footing around and need to call these people out! Scorn has its place. I feel almost exactly the same way about those pathetic people at the end of the rope who turned to Trump, who everyone says we have to understand. I am tired of trying to understand – or more precisely, looking for reasons not to understand; it may be that I understand them all too well. I have talked to many of them (at least fifty); they are all wrong, twisted, and can’t admit that they are wrong and twisted, and they are all very angry, simple people, and yes, stupid…and stubborn…and of course highly opinionated. In short, they are quite contemptible.

    Are they the dispossessed? Yes. Never said they weren’t. But that’s only half of it. We are, finally, at least fifty percent responsible for our actions, aren’t we? That’s how I see it: at least fifty percent responsible; so we are justified in expressing scorn for these religious assholes too; they are – I’ve used this epithet before and will use it again – the scum of the earth. Just look at his face. He is underserving of anything other than contempt and revulsion, deserves “a good beating”, as Baudelaire said in one of his poems in prose. (Baudelaire was just making a point.)



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  • Dan

    deserves “a good beating”, as Baudelaire said in one of his poems in prose. (Baudelaire was just making a point.)

    Well, if I want an excuse to give anyone at all a good beat down I think we all know which book to go to for the excuse to do so! The Bible of course!

    I could explain to kook in the picture that because he has committed the sin of pride (who hasn’t?) that now I am compelled to pummel him. But then he’ll counter with -Women must be silent and obey. This could go back and forth for all eternity. Boring.

    I’ve avoided a number of family events this past year because I’m exhausted from trying to explain things to the Trumpists. They were/are deeply entrenched. Nothing gets through. They are primed for a screaming match and don’t know how to have thoughtful dialog. This is hopeless. My only consolation is that Trump keeps digging himself deeper and deeper every day and this is apparent to the general public.



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  • LaurieB #11
    May 17, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Well, if I want an excuse to give anyone at all a good beat down
    I think we all know which book to go to for the excuse to do so!
    The Bible of course!

    There is also a related version – from that “religion of peace”!!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39945651

    Indonesia’s Aceh: Two gay men sentenced to 85 lashes
    A Sharia court in Indonesia’s Aceh province has sentenced two men to be caned in public for having gay sex.

    The men were found guilty of violating strict Islamic laws in conservative Aceh and will receive 85 lashes each.

    The pair, aged 20 and 23, were found in bed together by vigilantes in March. They have not been identified.

    Gay sex is not illegal in the rest of Muslim-majority Indonesia and this is its first such conviction. Aceh is the only province where Sharia is in force.

    The sentence is due to be carried out next week.

    While the judges did not give the maximum punishment of 100 lashes, the sentence is heavier than the 80 lashes asked for by the prosecution.

    The men will be caned during a public ceremony on 23 May in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh – where they were found by vigilantes.

    The neighbourhood group filmed themselves kicking and beating the pair and the video was shared widely in Indonesia. Rights groups say anti-gay sentiment is growing in the country.

    Aceh was granted special rights to introduce its own stricter Islamic laws more than a decade ago.



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  • Laurie, Alan, others

    My only consolation…

    You’re right; it is impossible to process anything with most of these “Trumpists”, and their religious counterparts; they are far too entrenched. My only solace too is that they may become disillusioned if Trump is impeached or forced to resign in disgrace; and they will then gain the ability to deviate a little from their insane loyalties.

    Changing society in the areas of Politics and Religion is a formidable challenge, obviously.

    Are we less conservative now after Watergate? Well there’s always education, but that has been undermined, controlled. And there is also the (to me Terrifying) issue of propaganda. (You’ve heard about this Sinclair company, that is seeking unprecedented control of TV stations.) No easy battle. Some portion of the religious populations in this country and around the world will no doubt ever learn, as it is “God’s will, you see: so God always comes out smelling like a rose. The only hope there is is that over time we will be able to wrest education, force a loosening of the grip of these barbarians, on education, and this, along with other factors which I am not clear about, will cause there to be more, rather than less, enlightened progressives, and fewer of these proselytizing fools and fewer people who are interested in listening to them.

    Seems dubious. But yes, la politique du pire (the politics of allowing things things to get worse) is the only process I myself can think of that can conceivably be a source of consolation, and even rejoicing, at the present time, during this very dark time. I am, by the way, using that expression in my own way; I just mean (in this context): give ’em enough rope to hang themselves.



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  • Dan #14
    May 17, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Some will never learn. How’s that?

    It is because they have never learned to put together and present relevant informed comments, that they fall back on the classic ignoramuses’ religious universal gap-filler of preaching god-did-it while wearing an idiot grin!



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  • I am in principle against the death penalty. Very much so as it is practiced in the US, being roughly 99% racist-driven. But when I see such putrid totalitarian scum, my opposition on principle wobbles severely. How to put it: there were people in Auschwitz who deserved to be sent into the gas chambers. Unfortunately they were the scum running the camp. There are too many camp-runners around. Putting them out of our misery may be the only thing to bring peace to the planet. But how to do? I mean, if your dog has a serious flea condition, what do you do? Buy a flea collar? Or do you buy flea food (or whatever helps the parasites spread?) Scum like Kent Medlin are spreading flea food by the ton.

    I remember the early eighties when, after two failed assassination attempts, a friend of mine went ballistic (and I wholly agreed with him): “Why is it that the assassins of John and Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, were successful, but those thunderously pathetic wimps who made a go against that reactionary scum Pope John Paul II and (Alzheimer Ronnie) Reagan failed so pathetically???” ‘Nuff said.



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