No, I'd have no problem at all.
No. I'd not like it, but I wouldn't take issue with it.
Yes, I don't think a public education ceremony is the right venue.
Yes, I don't think it should be done because the crowd/state/nation is primarily Christian
Yes, because I think it's offensive
Yes, because I think it's unconstitutional
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
While I hold a lot of conservative positions religion isn't one of them. I'm more agnostic than anything else, but I don't even take that all too seriously.
In respect to the OP, I wouldn't be all that offended hearing an Islamic call to prayer at a commencement. Likewise, I wouldn't be offended by a Christian or Jewish prayer. I wouldn't be offended if some not-as-smart-as-he-thinks-he-is kid started going of on some demon/devil worship tirade, or hearing a wiccan incantation, or a diatribe on scientific materialisim.
The bottom line is that sitting in on a commencement ceremony or convocation is going to suck ass no matter what I hear there, and it's likely going to be hot, and I'm going to wish I were elsewhere doing other things.
It's bad enough that I have to sit through a B-list celebrity being witty and a 20-year-old kid explaining to me how HIS graduating class has an obligation to make the world a better place. Hearing a prayer isn't going to make it any worse.
Last edited by soot; 06-07-13 at 11:31 AM.
Oh, and btw, that's ridiculous.