(Washingtontimes) A South Carolina valedictorian garnered wild applause after he ripped up his pre-approved speech and deliver...
The question is what does our 1st amendment right to freedom of speech really mean? Are we supposed to acquiesce to the demands of school authoritarians and not say those things that truly represent our identity? As valedictorian is he expected to maintain the codes of modern political correctness? I think not. While I don't agree with his compulsion to promote religion he does make a point. Would it have been any different if he had lambasted those in attendance for their silly faith in a god who cannot be proven to exist?
I see this differently. It's push-back against atheists trying to change the culture. The whole reason he wasn't allowed to say a prayer before hand was because the county School board banned prayer at ceremonies because of a lawsuit. Since probably 80% of the students in that school (at least if not more it is South Carolina) were raised with religion, then it no wonder that they ate up his actions. It's interesting to note that as we are more successful in removing prayer from public functions, prayer can take the form of protest and fits well with the christian-persecution mythos.
On a side note, I agree with this in that his action were not noble but, self-righteous. And while he got Matthew 6: 7-13 right, he should have paid more attention to Matthew 6: 5-6.
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."
Just to show more Christian privilege: this kid won't be punished, but in Alabama when a Native American girl wants to wear an eagle feather, a sacred symbol, bestowed to her in honor of her graduation, she gets fined a $1,000.
If the majority of the graduating class were religious it goes that he was representing his peers.
I agree with Sagacious Hawk that it represents "push-back."
One typically gets to be valedictorian by having the highest GPA in the school. So perhaps not all that ignorant for a high school student. As a public speaker, he also apparently knew his audience well based on the reaction he got.
I'm not a fan of public prayer in mixed company. This, however, was less a prayer and more an act of civil disobedience.
South Carolina valedictorian, he'll probably become a politician.
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