Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Devin Estes came home from school one day and complained to his mother that he was being bullied because he told his classmates he doesn't believe in God. Devin doesn't participate in a religious gathering called the Upper Room—an outside the classroom activity where there's prayer and the pledge of allegiance at Stanton Elementary. If the reports are true, its a little ironic that those who are "told to love their neighbor as themselves" are marginalizing someone who doesn't believe like they do.  The controversy has drawn attention from groups like the ACLU who contend that the program is illegal. While programs like the have been upheld by Federal Courts there's an opportunity for the school to show Devin compassion and love—something they should be learning about in the Upper Room program.