Missouri school superintendent apologizes after commencement prayer spurs backlash

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May 18, 2017

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A Missouri schools superintendent has apologized after a prayer he recited during a commencement speech Saturday sparked criticism.

“If my behavior was offensive to anyone then I am truly sorry,” Willard Public Schools Superintendent Kent Medlintold the Springfield News-Leader after learning of the backlash on Monday. “I in no way wanted to offend anybody. That was not my intention.”

Mr. Medlin said he gave a speech using the acronym GUTS, of which the first three letters stood for grit, understanding and teamwork. The S, he said, stood for “my savior.” He said he concluded his speech by inviting attendees to stand while he recited a “blessing” for the graduating students, The Blaze reported.

Four students contacted the News-Leader about the speech, saying they felt marginalized and pressured to stand against their beliefs. They said they planned to contact the American Civil Liberties Union for help.

12 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Tiger says:

    This is courage, this is letting people know who you are if only America had this kind of leaders and let everyone know we are Christian nation.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_BjPy19bYs&t=27s

  • Tiger says:

    America is a Christian country. Everyone of our Founding Fathers were Christians and that includes Thomas Jefferson until he took his black servant as his lover and mother of his 6 children, made her head of his household and kept it quiet. He then turned on God of course makes perfect sense, don’t like the Bible write your own.

    You live in America you accept our Culture, our religion and our Holidays or leave, simple. Try going to any country in this world and force your beliefs on it, especially Muslim countries and see where it gets you.

    Kick ass and call names. This is America love it or leave it and I prefer you leave it.

  • Spectrum says:

    Medlin read from a speech with the acronym GUTS. What a pity this wimp didn’t “practice what he preached”, by showing some.

  • Walter Flatt says:

    WHY IS PRAYING IN SCHOOL WORSE THAN GOING TO JAIL. THE 10 COMMANDMENDS SHOULD BE IN EVERY SCHOOL AND EVERY COURTHOUSE AND IF PEOPLE DONT LIKE IT GET OUT OF THIS COUNTRY. DECIPLIN AND PRAYER SHOULD BE PUT BACK IN OUR SCHOOLS, IT WILL STOP A LOT OF PEOPLE FROM GOING TO JAIL.

    TRUMP IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE USA AND CAN DE-CLASSIFY ANYTHING HE WANT TO REGARDING GET THE JOB DONE. HE NEEDS TO FIRE EVERYONE CONNECTED TO THE DEMOCRATS AND REALLY INVESTIGATE THE BELOW.

    FROM A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT, BUT AN AMERICAN FIRST. PROUDLY, I VOTED FOR TRUMP. I AM 86 AND NEVER SEEN A MORE QUALIFIED PERSON THERE.

    EVERY ONE AND THIS GOVERNMENT HAD BETTER WORRY ABOUT THE MUSLIMS HERE AT HOME ESPECIALLY THE 5 CAMPS IN NORTH VA. CLOSE TO WASHINGTON.

    PUBLIC LAW 414, PAGE 2, SECTION 212, WAS PASSED IN 1952 THAT BANS ALL PEOPLE TRYING TO DESTROY OUR COUNTY, AND MUSLIMS QUALIF TO BE DEPORTED.

    READ THE QURAN, THEIR BIBLE.

    COULD IT BE THAT OBAMA ALONG WITH HILLIARY AND THE NEWS MEDIA, HAVE SET US UP FOR HIM TO LEAD A MUSLIM INVASION OF OUR COUNTRY? IF NOT,

    WHY ARE THERE 5 MUSLIM CAMPS IN N. VIRGINA, CLOSE TO DC. (TAKE OVER WASHINGTON, COULD BE) WE WILL HAVE A LOT OF HEADLESS POLITICIANS IF SO.

    WHY TRY AND BUY UP ALL AMMO AND TAKE OUR GUNS.

    WHY ALLOW IN EXCESS OF 36 MUSLIM CAMPS. (PERHAPS HUNDREDS)

    (BUILD A FEMA CAMP IN EVERY STATE? SOME STATE HAS MORE THAN ONE. BUILT AND SUPPORTED BY YOUR TAX MONEY.

    WHY, WHILE IN OFFICE, DID HE SET HIS CABINET WITH MOSTLY MUSLIMS.

    WHY WAS HILLIARY’S TOP AIDE A RADICAL MUSLIM,

    WHY IS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY FOR A OPEN BORDER. COULD IT BE TO GET FREE DOPE, GOODGLE, THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015 AND LISTEN TO IT ALL.

    LAST WHY, DID OBAMA SEND BILLIONS TO HIS MUSLIM FRIENDS.

    1. Tiger says:

      Where are we compared to Poland? Nowhere.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_BjPy19bYs&t=27s

  • Chick Coletta says:

    Who had a gun to their head and made the 4 idiots stand
    These kind of people who like to complain about something so small are pure air heads

    1. Tiger says:

      Look to Poland where is our preachers our priests our leaders why are we not standing against this shit?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_BjPy19bYs&t=27s

  • rightsright says:

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, IF THE STUDENTS FELT MARGINALIZED THEN GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. WE ARE ALLOWED TO SPEAK WITHOUT APOLOGY ABOUT GOD. GOD IS VERY DISAPPOINTED AT THE SPEAKER FOR BACKING DOWN AND DENYING HIM. DENY HIM HE WILL DENY YOU! FAIR ENOUGH, HUH? So, just who has access to the AMERICAN Civil Liberties Union and just who are they? Do they look out for the illegals against the U. S. Citizens? As I said ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    1. Larry says:

      Well said! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! SICKENING IS MORE LIKE IT!

      1. Tiger says:

        It is not enough until we have the guts of Poland.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_BjPy19bYs&t=27s

    2. Tiger says:

      America has lost it’s guts, it’s grit, it’s glory and bows to those who are not a part of us. Look to Poland and ask where are our preachers and priests and people to proclaim what we are and make it clear? I am ready to follow and do this in America.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_BjPy19bYs&t=27s

  • pointmade says:

    What a non-story.

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