Of course, there are many residents in the town of Killen who are offended by the complaint. They even gathered last night to pray about the complaint, and some see it as an "attack on Christianity." But it's no such thing.
The complaint was filed by a resident named Jeremy Green, who explained:
I would never try to take away anyone's right to pray, and I will continue to support the religious freedom of everyone, but there are certain times and places where sectarian prayer is inappropriate. Student or faculty led prayer, when endorsed by or sponsored by a public school,is unconstitutional and illegal for good reason. This protects the rights of the members of all religions, and the non-religious alike.
YES, oh how his last line nails it!
See, although an atheist may be the one who filed a complaint, this is not a specifically atheist issue at all; it is an American one. I'm SURE the founding fathers -- who came across the pond to escapereligion being shoved down their throats -- would not have been too keen on public, government-funded institutions forcing religious beliefs on a community. Just how is someone who is atheist, or Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, etc., supposed to feel when their high school endorses Christian-only prayer?
Allowing a moment of silence is one thing. That would be completely fine and definitely secular, as far as I'm concerned. That's probably what this community ought to opt for. But requiring the high school community to participate in overtly Christian prayers that name-check Jesus should be completely out of the question. Upholding separation of church and state isn't just a safeguard for atheists or non-Christians. Like Green said, it protects us all.