The valedictorian of Liberty High School in Liberty, South Carolina, Rob Costner IV, decided to strike a blow for Christian privilege by saying the Lord’s Prayer instead of the speech he had planned, in protest of the school not putting prayer officially into the ceremony. Here’s the video:
Now here’s the thing: I think what he did was legal. He was chosen to speak because he was the valedictorian, not because of the content of his speech, and he was speaking only for himself. I don’t think there’s an Establishment Clause violation there. But as always, I like to point out the obvious hypocrisy on the part of those Christians who applauded what he did. If a valedictorian had decided to instead give a Muslim prayer, that place would have erupted in anger and that kid would be lucky to get out of there alive. It’s only “religious freedom” when it’s their religion.