What does school really teach children?
Position: Vice President of Engineering at Trackr, a 1200+ person software development company in Texas
Thinkful Coursework: Front-End Web Development, Ruby on Rails, iOS Development
Application of Thinkful Skills: Build Ruby on Rails side project, Understand iOS and manage expansion of his company’s iOS app
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Steve Vincent said he typically doesn’t give much thought to religion, describing himself as agnostic, but after a recent online debate with some of his neighbors, he became a legally ordained minister and signed up to give the invocation at the Rancho Cordova City Council’s Oct. 7 meeting.
His move is not a matter of conversion, but rather a case of if you can’t beat them, join them.
An advocate of the separation of church and state, Vincent takes issue with what he sees as city sponsored and funded faith-based activities, and he plans to use his invocation to respectfully make that point.
“This came to a head when I was debating with some neighbors on NextDoor.com about Rancho Cordova spending public money on a ‘prayer day’ recently,” Vincent said in an email. “That led to discussing City Council prayer, and several neighbors had the attitude of, ‘You should just deal with it; it doesn’t hurt you.’ That was the day I got a little peeved at the arrogance and decided to volunteer for a prayer to see what would happen.”