Roy Costner IV Rips up Speech, Recites Lord's Prayer at Liberty High School

(Washingtontimes) A South Carolina valedictorian garnered wild applause after he ripped up his pre-approved speech and deliver...

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Comment by Judith van der Roos on June 8, 2013 at 8:38am
apologies for my English breakdown there.
Comment by Adam on June 8, 2013 at 12:38pm

So glad that in my chemistry graduation the lead speaker talked about Origins of life throughout the universe. It was very interesting. 

Comment by Ed on June 9, 2013 at 10:30am

@arch

"I'm sure they all went home to their double-wides..." -arch

I have to take issue with the "double-wides" comment. What exactly are you implying by that remark?

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on June 9, 2013 at 12:42pm

Naturally, Fox "News" misleadingly presents the video of the event with the title: "H.S. Valedictorian rips up speech and quotes lord's prayer after school bans prayer".

This makes it sound like the poor, brainwashed bastard had his prayer all ready to go-- as though it's perfectly legal for a Christian to the lead the entire graduating class through a Christian prayer at graduation commencement at a public school-- and then the school just up and banned it.

The school officials didn't ban the facilitation of prayer at public school functions: the establishment Clause of US Constitution did, the US Supreme Court says it did, time and again.

This, however, was less a prayer and more an act of civil disobedience.

It was a glimmer of what John Adams referred to in 1788 as the "tyranny of the majority".

The Christian majority, led by Roy Costner IV, placed their own interests so far above those of any non-Christian individual or minority group in their graduating class that it constituted active oppression: an "in your face" Christian moment. Any Jew, atheist, agnostic, irreligious person, or other non-Christian in that graduating class will have that menacing "you are an outsider" graduation moment for the rest of his or her life.

This is the purpose of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights: to limit the power of the majority over the minority even with a democratically-elected government. That is what a 'right' is.

It's good to have you back, Robert: with a genuine article like you around there's no need to cite a hypothetical 'exhibit A' crackpot. This time you're casting a bible belt Christian as a victim who must resort to civil disobedience to cast off oppression.

A few of us were concerned you had absconded never to return. But I was confident that sputtering brain and thundering ego of yours would bring you back for more, no matter how many eggs get broken over that great big ol' head of yours.

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