After reading the article, I can see the point the young man is making. However confusion starts with the difference between being made attend an event where a religious aspect is expressed, and being forced to participate. If I were this young man, I would not be holding my breath for that apology.
Originally Posted by Cato
If he is claiming that he "would settle" for that apology, based on the percieved lack of respect that he was shown, then stating "“Although they are the majority, the Christians have no right to claim the entire school community as theirs or to force people to join their hollering." is not a good starting point for mutual respect. Again, force people, to join their hollering? Was he made pray? And was an event at the start of the school year, that involved others saying a prayer really so offensive? Alarmist or over sensitive athiesm like this is not the sort of thing that people tend to genuflect towards, no matter what their own belief. If its daubed in generalised insults, then doubly so. Nathan Young comes across as a prigish little jerk off. Bad for other kids his age to be, but commendable if expressed by an 'athiest'? People might want to be careful about how low the bar is being set here. This is not a Rosa Parks moment.
On a related point, the description behind this "Irish Athiest" seems to suggest that he is English. I mean born in England, and Anglican? If he were an Irishman born into a religion in England, one would expect COI at least?
I should add that I have spent two years in a VEC, as an athiest, and never found practices so objectionable that I felt the school should apologiseto me personally (or really at all). During my time in a VEC, the class I was in attended a funeral for an ex-teacher. Might that have been the trigger for such a Nathan Young style hissy fit?