On February 20th, we’ll honor Tempest Kayne Smith. She was a victim of religious bullying in her school. I’ll be incorporating Tempest Smith Day into the Universal Episcopal Church’s liturgical calendar, where she will be honored as a martyr. Yes, that means she’ll be canonized. It also means that those who are victims of bullying, especially religious bullying, might now have a patron.
She played the flute, wrote poetry, and a number of other things which tell me that today approaching her mid-20’s, she would be working to accomplish something. But instead, she was victimized by bullies – who were people who should have been her friends.