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Catholic Teen Defends Her Right to Attend Mass: Margeaux Graham Chooses Faith Over Honors
Catholic Online ^ | 6/6/2012 | Stacy Trasancos

Posted on 06/07/2012 11:31:41 AM PDT by iowamark

While the nation discusses and debates the attacks on religious freedom, a high school junior in Florida has put her academic reputation on the line to stand up for her faith. Margeaux Graham was selected this year to participate in The American Legion Auxiliary's prestigious 9-day leadership event, the "Girls State" program. When Margeaux learned she would not be allowed to attend Sunday mass during the event, she decided to decline the honor...

Margeaux Graham was selected this year to participate in a prestigious 9-day leadership event in her state's capital. The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) of Florida has an annual "Girls State" program whereby the participants "learn how to participate in the functioning of their state's government in preparation for their future roles as responsible adult citizens." It is a "nonpartisan program that teaches young women responsible citizenship and love for God and Country. They are awarded 3 college credits and rare notoriety in the college application process.

Margeaux is a faithful Catholic. That is, she takes her obligation to attend Mass as just that - her obligation. When she inquired about nearby Catholic churches to plan where she would attend, she was told by the staff that the only opportunity any of the girls would have to participate in a Sunday service is to attend the "non-offensive", non-denominational service offered for all at the conference. The event takes place at Florida State University and the cathedral is nearby the campus. [see update] A member of the national American Legion even contacted the Auxiliary to arrange for a priest to celebrate Mass on campus, and this accommodation was denied.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: americanlegion; arth; catholic; margeauxgraham; religiousfreedom
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To: iowamark; SuziQ
"for those who honor Me I will honor" (1 Samuel 2:30)

For an explanation of the relevance of the above quote to the Margeaux Graham story, read about Eric Liddell at the 1924 Summer Olympics, or watch the 1981 film Chariots of Fire.

51 posted on 06/07/2012 4:29:59 PM PDT by SirKit (Truth is Precious---The Truth is of the Essence of God)
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To: strider44; netmilsmom; Hegewisch Dupa
And even going an extra time to confession won't work.

If you deliberately commit a sin while thinking, "it's o.k., I can just go to Confession later," you just committed the additional sin of presumption.

You didn't think it would really be that easy, did you? "The Lord would see right through such a cheap trick as that!" < /Monty Python voice >

52 posted on 06/07/2012 5:44:00 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother


53 posted on 06/07/2012 5:46:20 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: iowamark
and intentionally keep religion out of our program

Religious neutrality is IMPOSSIBLE! Such a state can not exist in the mind of any sentient being. This is axiomatic.

Therefore......Keeping religion our of their program teaches a profound religiously NON-neutral lessons:

-— Religious observance is so shameful it must be hidden as if it were a bathroom activity.

-— That the religion godless secularism is to be honored above God-centered religion.

-—That a lukewarm generic “one-size-fits-all” religion is superior to the child's family faith traditions. ( We know what Christ does with the lukewarm. He spits them out of His mouth!)

54 posted on 06/07/2012 6:24:40 PM PDT by wintertime (Reforming a government K-12 school is like reforming an abortion mill.)
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To: Morgana
non offensive? Non offensive?

Good point about the hijab!

And....What does Christ do with the generically lukewarm? Answer: He spits it out of His mouth!

55 posted on 06/07/2012 6:26:46 PM PDT by wintertime (Reforming a government K-12 school is like reforming an abortion mill.)
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Wow. Lotta fuss for missing one Mass. And yup I actually made it in the military. Major US Army, UH-60 pilot, 3 combat tours, several commands. Married, 3 kids. Managed to do it all despite missing Mass a few times. If god can’t forgive me then I guess its going to be hot down there.

lighten up man.

56 posted on 06/08/2012 6:36:42 AM PDT by strider44
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To: strider44

She is only in the wrong here if she later whines about the consequences. If she holds to her choice and willingly accepts the loss, she is absolutely right in what she did.

She has her priorities and stood by them. Why would anyone (other than a lib) disparage that?

57 posted on 06/08/2012 4:02:18 PM PDT by HushTX (I make libs rage quit.)
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To: egfowler3

Any organization that is not overtly and purposefully conservative will become liberal/socialist over time. This includes the American Legion and the Girl Scouts.

58 posted on 06/09/2012 3:30:02 AM PDT by Haiku Guy ("The problem with Internet Quotes is that you never know if they are real" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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