Why Does Christians Praying In Public Seem To Enrage People

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A nice photo of well-behaved students praying to God on their prom night has set off left-wing atheists who think they are being personally targeted.

The photo of the students, taken by the mother of one of the teens, shows the prom night party holding hands to say grace before digging into their meal at a Longhorn Steakhouse.

The photo was posted by Frank Somerville, a reporter with KTVU in Oakland, California. The picture, he said, was sent in by a woman named Noelle Smith, who said:

“Good morning. Thank you for everything that you do. I want to share a picture of my daughter and her friends from prom night. Now with the stories today about teenagers and tide pods and condoms gathering headlines—this picture speaks for itself.”

This was Frank’s comment on the picture:

“[I am] so impressed with these young people on their prom date at Longhorn. They all said Grace before eating and were all well behaved.”

Positive and Negative Comments

The photo’s purpose is obvious. There are so many bad news stories about high school students and even college students, so it’s nice to remember that some of them are being raised right. But, some people took offense at the photo…

“That’s nothing why make a mountain out of a mole hill CARRY ON NOTHING TO SEE HERE.”

“That’s definition of kids who were raised right. The kids that snort condoms and eat tide pods have parents who do the same thing.”

“Young people “these days” are awesome. They are engaged, smart, open-minded and seek out information. I work with teens and I am constantly amazed at how civic-minded they are. We don’t have to worry.”

…and others were angry that Somerville seemed to have implied that the only good kids are Christian ones. Here are some of the comments:

“Frank, these types of stories are not news. They’re not even inspirational. Whether you’re religious or not, it doesn’t make you good people. I’ve seen terrible Christians and amazing Atheists. I don’t get the point of this pic. I really don’t.”

“Let’s be clear though, kids who don’t say grace are also good kids. Just because you aren’t Christian doesn’t make you a bad person.”

[SEE ALSO: Ohio school cancels the Lord’s Prayer for graduations]

Frank Somerville read through it all, and then posted this:

“I’m honestly surprised by some of these comments.. i wasn’t trying to imply that you have to be a christian to be a good person.. what i see from these kids is that they are respectful… that they are humbled… and that they are appreciative for what they have. … i could care less whether they are religious…. but by saying grace it shows me that they have those qualities.. and those are the qualities… regardless of whether you believe in God … that i admire..”

Prom Photos with Guns

Photos of teens praying together is another in the recent line of graduation photos that has been setting off the left. A few weeks ago, Brenna Spencer took graduation photos that showed off the hilt of her concealed carry tucked into a belly band in her pants.

Brenna posted the photo to both her Instagram account and her Twitter profile. The photos showing her handgun were taken outside of a museum in Tennessee. Carry laws in Tennessee are very free, but that didn’t stop social media users from trying to report her to the police. The interior of the museum prohibits concealed carry, but she was on a deck just outside of the building.

When asked why she took photos of herself with her weapon, she said:

“Because I’m proud of my second amendment right and I want to empower other women! Absolutely they are tools but I will always brag about being able to carry a gun to protect myself, my friends and my family!”


As well there has been social media pushback of the age-old trend of men holding weapons with their daughters before their prom. A cute tradition, based on jokey ‘shotgun weddings,’ but anything that involves guns and fun is something that must be severely punished by the left wing.

People protesting prayer is a new tradition. A few months ago, Patriot Prayer, a group from the west coast was protested during a campus event.

Source: Fox News

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