Are You As Brave As – 12 Year Old Maia Disbrow?Posted by Phil Ferguson on August 6th, 2012 – 8 Comments – Posted in Uncategorized
A 12-year-old Hixson resident has received $1,000 for a speech she made addressing the dispute over prayer at Hamilton County Commission meetings.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation awarded Maia Disbrow for an address she made at the July 18 Hamilton County Commission meeting asking commissioners to remove the prayer before meetings, according to a news release.
Disbrow decided to address commissioners after she saw the board give a special award to a preacher.
“During elementary school, I was bullied about my beliefs and whenever the subject of my religion, or lack thereof, came up, my social status dropped for a few days,” Disbrow said in the release. “When I realized that the county commissioners were actually behaving like a bunch of fifth-grade bullies, I sat down and started writing my address to them.”
The Hamilton County Commission is currently involved in a lawsuit over prayer at its meetings. In June, Tommy Coleman and Brandon Jones sued commissioners, arguing prayers violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment.
Here is her Speech. It is less than a minute but it is fantastic!