If you haven’t heard the compelling story of Damon Fowler and Bastrop High School, then you’re probably not alone. The media has done a poor job of covering his story. Basically this kid gets kind of uncomfortable with his class reciting the Lord’s Prayer during his commencement ceremony, so he writes his super intendant to remind him about the Constitution and this little association called the ACLU. What ensued was a shitstorm of death threats and concentrated hate the likes of which… we’ve actually come to expect from the Bible Belt.
In the end, the valedictorian wound up leading the crowd in the Lord’s Prayer, saying “my religion compels me to break the law.” It was pretty easy to draw startling parallels from there.
Stay classy, Luoisiana. And stay strong Damon Fowler. The world is a lot bigger and nicer than your hometown makes it seem.
**EDIT 6/14/11: When I was storyboarding this animation, I used the 9/11 comparison as sort of list filler, but I wound up brainstorming enough other things that it really wasn’t necessary. I wish I’d never kept it in as it’s proven to be extremely distracting for some viewers. So, presto chango, one of the least atrocious examples from my animation has been removed.