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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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Bizarre story. American Legion Girls State will not allow participants to attend church on Sunday, even though the cathedral is just across the street.

Earlier article:

American Legion Auxiliary: Girls State participants not allowed to attend Sunday Mass
""“We are a non-denominational program and intentionally keep religion out of our program out of respect for the 300 girls that come from many different faiths," said Briere. "We set aside time on Sunday morning, from our very busy schedule, to allow each girl to honor her faith silently and the girls collectively put a program together to honor all faiths.""

1 posted on 06/07/2012 11:31:59 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

The all out attack on religion in the USA continues under the direction of the Community Organizer in Chief. He is only following Marx’s and Stalin’s directions.


2 posted on 06/07/2012 11:36:44 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: metmom; wintertime; JenB; Salvation; narses; NYer

Ping


3 posted on 06/07/2012 11:38:57 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Don Corleone

That is why this year’s election is so very importatnt.


4 posted on 06/07/2012 11:40:02 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: iowamark

Way to go, Margeaux. May God reward your faithfulness and devotion.


5 posted on 06/07/2012 11:40:56 AM PDT by Faith
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To: Don Corleone

“non-offensive”, non-denominational service offered for all at the conference”

So they are basically saying to this girl that the Catholic Masses that she attends are offensive! It pretty much sounds like they are grouping just about any other faith in with that statement as well. These people are “offensive” if anything. They disgust me.


6 posted on 06/07/2012 11:43:26 AM PDT by Mrs. Frogjerk
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To: iowamark

This saddens me. I attended Girl’s State in Alabama in the 60’s and as a counselor later. We always had religious services, but back then, there weren’t really many Catholics in the area and this situation never came up. However, knowing the women who ran it in Alabama, I feel they would have made some type of effort to accommodate the young lady. I hate she is missing such a great opportunity because it is an experience I wouldn’t take anything for.


7 posted on 06/07/2012 11:45:00 AM PDT by bamagirl1944 (That's short for Alabama, not Obama)
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To: narses; Salvation

FYI


8 posted on 06/07/2012 11:48:33 AM PDT by Faith
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To: iowamark

Sounds like the state does not want anybody else interfering with their brainwashing sessions.

The first indication that you are involved in a cult is that they want you to cut off all contact with family, friends and other religious organizations.


9 posted on 06/07/2012 11:49:25 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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To: iowamark

“One of life’s lessons is she can’t go through life blaming others for the decisions she makes.”

Yes, and that is exactly what Margeaux will be able to tell God, and that she made the correct choice.
What will YOU tell God, Ms. administrator?


10 posted on 06/07/2012 11:50:03 AM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: iowamark
It is a "nonpartisan program that teaches young women responsible citizenship and love for God and Country.

The organizers of this event clearly have a different idea of what "love of God" means than the average practicing Christian. I hope they are shamed into changing their Sunday schedule.

11 posted on 06/07/2012 11:50:32 AM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: iowamark

I’ll bet you anything that if Margeaux were muslim, they would bend over backwards to accommodate her. Are they changing their name to the Communist Legion anytime soon?


12 posted on 06/07/2012 11:52:06 AM PDT by Kirkwood (It's not a lie. It's a composite.)
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To: iowamark

“...if you know anyone at a Catholic university who could possibly arrange to grant Margeaux the three credits she ought to have received,...”

Ave Maria is right there in Florida, or, I would recommened Fanciscan University, in Steubinville, OH.


13 posted on 06/07/2012 11:53:56 AM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: iowamark

I was a Boys State rep for my high school in 1987. I’m sure it was one of the credentials that helped me earn a 4-year Army ROTC scholarship. This girl is foolish not to go. Are you saying god would we be upset she missed one Mass for this honor? Doesn’t he have bigger concerns running the universe? She can go to confession an extra time if she feels guilty. Self-inflicted trauma.


14 posted on 06/07/2012 11:54:18 AM PDT by strider44
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To: iowamark
It is a "nonpartisan program that teaches young women responsible citizenship and love for God and Country.

But won't allow her to practice her faith.

Hypocrites.

15 posted on 06/07/2012 11:54:31 AM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: ELS

I would not let my kids participate in that farce. What exactly are they doing that they are totally isolating these girls during that conference?


16 posted on 06/07/2012 11:54:31 AM PDT by Kirkwood (It's not a lie. It's a composite.)
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To: strider44

This is going totally over your head.


17 posted on 06/07/2012 11:56:59 AM PDT by Kirkwood (It's not a lie. It's a composite.)
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To: strider44

You don’t know the one true faith.


18 posted on 06/07/2012 11:59:37 AM PDT by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: Biggirl

What?

Margeaux Graham did not COMPLY?

She did not COOPERATE with the flow?

Margeaux had a CHOICE, and made it?

She wasn’t a sheep?

She had an out and took it?

She STOOD up for her PRINCIPLES?

Margeaux was ONE among hundreds, and STOOD anyway.

There are higher principles than FEAR, handwringing and duress?

Who would have thunk such a thing?


19 posted on 06/07/2012 12:01:29 PM PDT by RitaOK (No Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: iowamark

Keep faith in God out of our state governments! We need faith in only one god - ourselves.

I think she’s going to hear someday....
“Welcome, good and faithful servant!”


20 posted on 06/07/2012 12:02:12 PM PDT by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: strider44; If You Want It Fixed - Fix It

If you have no obligations to God, are taught no obligations to God, it is thought okay to preen for titles and to glorify yourself, to your own benefit, on Sunday.

Christians actually don’t have the warm and fuzzy walk they often engage in. Martyrdom comes to mind.


21 posted on 06/07/2012 12:08:12 PM PDT by RitaOK (No Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: iowamark
Somebody sure got their screwballs stretched to the outer limits on that one.

No, it's not NON DENOMINATIONAL to play games with the Catholics. They are NOT Protestants.

Actually, it's not wise to mess with the Protestants either, or the Jews, or whoever.

If you want to be non-denominational you simply allow EVERYONE at whatever time she might chose (in terms of their own religious affiliation or preference) to go do whatever it is they do.

I think they must have put the wrong person in charge of that part of life. Best bet in the future is to not hold American Legion Girls State.

22 posted on 06/07/2012 12:09:23 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Kirkwood; strider44

The denial of First Amendment rights to anyone is to deny them to everyone.


23 posted on 06/07/2012 12:09:44 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Kirkwood

Not certain but I don’t think this is the American Legion’s fault beyond they trusted FSU to do what was right. I belong to the Legion and went to Boys State in 1962 so there is a long tradition of both Boys & Girls State. The PC Pinko organization is FSU.


24 posted on 06/07/2012 12:10:49 PM PDT by Portcall24
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To: strider44
Man, that is a pretty clueless response.

What precept of your faith (whatever it may be) would you be willing to disown in order to get some worldly honor?

"Richard, the Lord said that it did not profit a man to gain the whole world if he lost his soul. The whole world, Richard ... but for [Girls State]?"

25 posted on 06/07/2012 12:12:26 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: iowamark
Excuse me, but isn't this part of the same American Legion that supposedly supports our American veterans?

And, if so, since when does an organization "supporting veterans" intentionally slight them by denying a young American woman her right to exercise her religion? Who are they more interested in: the American veterans they supposedly represent and their American values OR some imaginary, hypothetical, who-knows-they-might-show-up, offended... whomever?

That does it, I'm dumping my membership in the American Legion.

26 posted on 06/07/2012 12:15:27 PM PDT by egfowler3 (Why do I even bother? No one's listening.)
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To: strider44
Are you saying god would we be upset she missed one Mass for this honor? Doesn’t he have bigger concerns running the universe?

Sounds as if you got their version of "love for God" down pretty well.

27 posted on 06/07/2012 12:15:31 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: iowamark
They are awarded 3 college credits and rare notoriety in the college application process.

These types of programs are legends in their own minds. First, while the ALA may award three college credits, many and perhaps most colleges will not recognize the credits.

Second, the influence of this and similar "resume stuffing" programs have little if any impact on the college admissions process. Indeed, I am willing to bet that if this young lady uses this experience and her principled stand as the basis for her college application essay, then many colleges will view her application significanly more favorably than if she had simply stated on her resume that she attended the ALA program.

28 posted on 06/07/2012 12:17:47 PM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: iowamark

Since they get a morning off, how do they prevent her from walking across the street?


29 posted on 06/07/2012 12:19:58 PM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: iowamark

Since they get Sunday morning off, how do they prevent her from walking across the street?


30 posted on 06/07/2012 12:20:21 PM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: iowamark

She already knows more good citizenship than will be taught at “girl’s state”.


31 posted on 06/07/2012 12:20:55 PM PDT by wordsofearnest (Proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs it. C.S. Lewis)
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To: strider44
I was a Boys State rep for my high school in 1987. I’m sure it was one of the credentials that helped me earn a 4-year Army ROTC scholarship. This girl is foolish not to go. Are you saying god would we be upset she missed one Mass for this honor? Doesn’t he have bigger concerns running the universe? She can go to confession an extra time if she feels guilty. Self-inflicted trauma.

I explain to my kids that sometimes you have to eat sh$t in life. How much depends on you. Where you draw the line is up to each person. She made a choice and will live with the fallout. I doubt her life is ruined. She obviously has some good qualities that made her a candidate for this conference. So she still has those qualities and evidence of something else, strength of convictions and integrity.

32 posted on 06/07/2012 12:33:16 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: strider44

Choosing God over Mammon is always the correct choice. God will reward her, somewhere, sometime and she will learn lessons from this sacrifice.


33 posted on 06/07/2012 12:35:39 PM PDT by tiki
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To: iowamark
Update.
34 posted on 06/07/2012 12:38:20 PM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: bamagirl1944

I missed out on Boys’ State in KS because the county sheriff raided the local Legion post and took out the one-armed bandits that supplied the funds to sponsor students to the program.


35 posted on 06/07/2012 12:40:41 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: strider44

>>This girl is foolish not to go. Are you saying god would we be upset she missed one Mass for this honor? Doesn’t he have bigger concerns running the universe? She can go to confession an extra time if she feels guilty. Self-inflicted trauma.<<

First, you have no clue about being Catholic. Mass on Sunday is not a suggestion but rather one of the Precepts of the Church. Confession is not a “Get out of Jail Free” card. Look it up.

Second, earthly things are earthly. Things that belong to God, belong to God. If she would lose out on anything because of this decision, she doesn’t need it or God will provide another path.

Third, why would anyone listen to your advice about God when you don’t even give Him proper title by capitalizing His Name?


36 posted on 06/07/2012 1:22:44 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: strider44; Labyrinthos

Strider, I think that post 28 is a very good rejoinder to your point. While I greatly value my Boys’ State experience, as did my father before me, and my mother her Girls’ State experience, as someone involved in admissions at a Catholic school, a decent paragraph on this experience in an admissions essay will get her a scholarship offer (at least here). Plus, rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God unto God’s is a good way to run one’s life.


37 posted on 06/07/2012 1:37:20 PM PDT by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: pgyanke

Thanks for the link. Based on her letter, she has a better understanding of the Constitution and Catholicism than the organizers of this event.


38 posted on 06/07/2012 1:42:46 PM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: netmilsmom
I like the concept of going "to confession an extra time", as though God would forgive you even MORE for confessing the same sin twice.
39 posted on 06/07/2012 1:45:14 PM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

>>I like the concept of going “to confession an extra time”, as though God would forgive you even MORE for confessing the same sin twice. <<

LOL! I missed that!


40 posted on 06/07/2012 1:47:52 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: ELS

Yup.


41 posted on 06/07/2012 1:48:45 PM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: strider44
I was a Boys State rep for my high school in 1987. I’m sure it was one of the credentials that helped me earn a 4-year Army ROTC scholarship. This girl is foolish not to go. Are you saying god would we be upset she missed one Mass for this honor? Doesn’t he have bigger concerns running the universe? She can go to confession an extra time if she feels guilty. Self-inflicted trauma.

Good for you... if you were her you'd betray your "offensive" faith for worldly gain.

If you actually made it into the military, I'm thankful I never had to suffer serving with you.

42 posted on 06/07/2012 1:49:02 PM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: iowamark

Americans! Fire off a letter or email to the American Legion complaining about this. I did. The American Legion’s motto is “For God and Country.” Surely, the Legion should hear about this from us.


43 posted on 06/07/2012 1:57:27 PM PDT by oneolcop (Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way!)
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To: iowamark
One thing we need to get straight. There is no such thing as "non-denominational!!!!!"

Whenever anyone uses this term, it usually translates to mean some non-dogmatic species of "non-Catholic Christian" which is itself a "denomination."

If anything, secularist-oriented "non-denominational" organizations promote precisely the kind of religious indifferentism that kills already half-dead consciences and provides them with a pseudo-religious rationale to "justify" burning a pinch of incense to Caesar.......sometimes even at the expense of attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass!

44 posted on 06/07/2012 1:57:27 PM PDT by Sons of Union Vets (No taxation without representation!)
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To: Hieronymus; strider44

Given the strength of the young lady’s Catholic faith, she’s probably applying to Catholic Colleges and Universities. I have a friend who was an admissions counselor at a well-known Dominican College in the Northeast. According to my friend, the admissons committee is much more impressed with a well-written two paragraph essay from the heart about what the applicant has sacrficed for the good of others, rather than pages and pages of of “back slaps” congradulating the applicant for activities that are obviously intended to pad the resume. I can think of few greater sacrifices for a teenager than to give up something as special as the ALA Girls State in order to attend Catholic Mass and share the body of Christ.


45 posted on 06/07/2012 2:22:35 PM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: pgyanke

“I am abhorred?” I have never heard that exact usage.... “I am appalled,” perhaps? Otherwise, her letter was very well-written.


46 posted on 06/07/2012 2:34:13 PM PDT by aberaussie
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Ping!


47 posted on 06/07/2012 2:36:34 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: iowamark; Chode; NYer

“”non-offensive”, non-denominational service offered for all at the conference”

non offensive? Non offensive? Had this chick been wearing a hijab and wanted to attend the friday night terrorist meeting at the local mosque you’d better believe she’d been allowed.


48 posted on 06/07/2012 3:08:15 PM PDT by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: Morgana
she should go and simply disappear when the time for Mass comes...
49 posted on 06/07/2012 3:15:09 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: iowamark
This reminds me of an experience I had years ago as a Girl Scout leader. There was a giant camporee for the 75th anniversary of GS. They had arranged for a “non-denominational” service and the Catholic troops were told that it would have to do for us.

When the Catholic troops all started to pull out, they changed their tune real quick and brought in a priest for Mass. Of course, they arranged for it to be very early in the morning, probably as punishment for us standing up for our faith.

And yes, the GS are a left wing organization and getting more and more that way as the years go by. I wish I had known it at the time, and I probably wouldn't have gotten involved with it.

50 posted on 06/07/2012 4:25:19 PM PDT by Aunt Polgara
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