A pic of several teens at a local Longhorn Steakhouse saying grace before their meal is sparking major controversy. Journalist Frank Somerville from KTVU in Oakland California was sent the photo by one of the teens’ mothers. He shared the photo with his followers, along with a note from the girls mother.

“I want to share a picture of my daughter and her friends from prom night,” a woman Somerville identified as “Noelle Smith” was quoted as saying. “Now with the stories today about teenagers and tide pods and condoms gathering headlines — this picture speaks for itself.”

A photo of teens praying before prom has sparked controversy.

“So impressed with these young people on their prom date at Longhorn. They all said Grace before eating and were all well behaved.”

The woman also stated that she was “so impressed” with the group. “They all said Grace before eating and were all well behaved.”

The picture sparked a debate among commenters, who began to argue whether the photo depicted a group of “nice kids” just because they were praying.

“Saying grace over your food says nothing of your moral compass, integrity or character … Behaving well at a restaurant while in your late teens, and being considerate to people, should not be Facebook praise worthy,” said one person who had an issue with the pic.

“I see well behaved people doing terrible things, misbehaved people who just take care of someone in need. Being a Christian doesn’t mean they are well behaved,” argued another person.

“My guess is their opinions on gay marriage, interracial families, equal rights, and other things we hold dear might not thrill you,” wrote someone else.

Many others defended the photo and the teens. One person wrote “not once did [Somerville] say that these kids are any better than non-Christian kids.”

Another person wrote “Wow, so many people missing the point here, it’s sad. Not once did Frank say that these kids are any better than non-Christian kids. The word Christian wasn’t even used in Frank’s post. No one is forcing anything down anyone’s throat. Y’all need to relax.”

Somerville stated on his a Facebook “I’m honestly surprised by some of these comments.. i wasn’t trying to imply that you have to be a christian to be a good person.. what i see from these kids is that they are respectful… that they are humbled… and that they are appreciative for what they have. … i could care less whether they are religious…. but by saying grace it shows me that they have those qualities.. and those are the qualities… regardless of whether you believe in god … that i admire..”

As you can see a simple photo of teens saying grace before eating, praying before a game or giving thanks to God at graduation creates controversy. With everything we see on the news and TV today, seeing a photo of teens saying grace before eating is a pleasant reminder that God is still there even in the darkness.


Check out the link to Frank Somerville’s Facebook post here




Michael Bartiromo | Fox News

Frank Somerville Facebook

Photo credit: Frank Somerville Facebook


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