Roy Costner IV earned the privilege to address his graduating class through the hard work and dedication needed to become valedictorian. His school district, however, had recently caved to atheist complaints by banning prayers during such ceremonies.
Undeterred, Costner defiantly tore apart the text of his printed speech and used the forum to discuss his faith.
“I’m so glad that both of my parents led me to the Lord at a young age,” he said, before reciting the Lord’s Prayer.
Judging by the uproarious cheering and applause his speech garnered, the throngs of supposedly outraged atheists were underrepresented at this particular graduation.
Costner will not face any disciplinary action, according to district spokesperson John Eby.
“He’s a graduate now,” Eby said. “There’s nothing we can do about it even if we wanted to.”
His final thought is disturbing as I’m confident that there are plenty of administrators across the nation who would try their best to find the accomplished student in contempt of some politically correct regulation.
We must accept the fact that groups who seek to silence the free expression of faith now hold more power than ever before in America. When faced with such opposition, we can choose to remain passive and give into their demands, or stand firm and demand our inalienable rights.
There was a time in this nation, not too long ago, during which graduations and almost all other ceremonies included an invocation to the God who makes all things possible. Today, however, such acts are viewed as intolerant and intolerable; and the very recitation of a prayer during a valedictorian’s speech results in nationwide headlines.
Thank God for individuals like Costner who will defy immoral and unjust rulings.
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