If They Only Had A Brain

We have heard a lot about courage lately and it is driving me crazy.

The latest cowardly lion to burst on to the stage is Roy Costner IV.  He was valedictorian at Liberty High in Pickens County, South Carolina and was thus was allowed to give a graduation speech.  Like many schools, the speech has to be approved in advance by the principal.  Since it was going to be an approved speech representing the school, the prinicipal apparently told him to leave out any mention of religion.  This is a little a bit of grey area.  In general, a student can make personal statements about their religion, but no one at the public school ceremony should be leading a Christian prayer.

To Roy Costner IV, this was too much of a restriction, so he submitted one version to the school for approval, but read another version.  With a flare for the dramatic, he “courageously” tore up the approved speech and read, in part,  “I’m so glad that both of my parents led me to the Lord at a young age.  And, I think most of you will understand when I say ‘Our Father, who art in heaven, …”, thus, reciting the Lord’s Prayer in full to thunderous applause from the audience.

Since then the Christian media has crown Roy Costner IV there new hero. The American Thinker writes

This brave stand has resonated with many Americans, as evidenced by 600,000 views on YouTube and coverage by major media outlets like CNN. Suppressing convictions of Americans because they happen to be religious in nature is unconstitutional and just plain wrong.  For the liberty to believe and express one’s beliefs is a freedom to which countless men have fought and died. Perhaps Costner’s courageous speech will help remind us of who we are.

Excuse me?   Courage is going against the majority view and standing up for the minority.  Jessica Ahlquist was courageous in getting an illegal prayer banner removed from a school wall.  Rebecca Vitsmun was courageous for saying “I am actually an Atheist” on national television when pestered by Wolf Blitzer to praise his lord.  The complainants at Valley High and Connellsville Junior High who have to use pseudonyms due to threats of retaliation by ‘good Christian folk’ are courageous.

On the other hand, the conservative branding of courage is just plain silly.  Priscilla from the News Hounds (We watch Fox so you don’t have to!) summed it up in a wonderful post:

Megyn Kelly Drools Over Newest Christian Boy Hero Who Defied School Prayer Ban

After introducing Costner, she asked him what it “felt like” when he heard the cheers. Costner said it was an “awesome moment.” Kelly wanted to know if he “got the chills.” When he said he had “goose bumps all over,” Kelly said “awwww.” Kelly described the serious school administrators, seated behind Costner, as “a buzz kill.” She scrunched up her pretty face as she noted that these old squares had to pre-approve his speech. Course this being “fair & balanced” Fox News, Kelly didn’t mention that the school district has come under fire for its attempts to foist Christianity on all students and that’s why they tried to ensure that there was no appearance of schools sponsored prayer at graduation – which, as attorney Kelly should know, has been ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court. (Lee vs.Weisman)

In addition, Annie Laurie Gaylor from FFRF writes:

If Costner went to a Christian school, there would be no discussion, said Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. But in public schools, even in a place where there may be a religious majority, prayers such as his are clearly unconstitutional, she said. What’s more, she added, what he did shows contempt for school district policy and a lack of sensitivity for his audience.

“It’s aggressive. It’s supremely rude,” she said. “This student is old enough to know that not everyone in the audience is Christian.”

I would like to a see a little more Scarecrow and little more Tinman.  Unfortunately, Roy Costner IV is lacking brains, a heart, or courage to stand up for the Constitution and for the non-Christian minorities, which are the actual freedoms to which countless men (and women) have fought and died to uphold.

About SamStone

A Steel City Skeptic who thinks science and reason is the light that we should follow to find our way in this world.
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5 Responses to If They Only Had A Brain

  1. Dan says:

    A recent episode of HBO’s “Vice” chronicles young mens lives since being ousted from their Mormon communities in Utah. A few still stubbornly resided close to the neighborhood ever hoping they’d be forgiven their sins and accepted back into the community. Indoctrination is frightening. Where was the principle’s courage to address the crowd or correct Costner immediately after? He/she was probably silently cheering Costner on. Second verse, same as the first.

  2. The Militant One says:

    Just another shining example of x-tian mean-spiritedness. And I’m supposed to respect them why?

  3. revelmundo says:

    Excellent piece. I share your frustration and disillusion with the current state of affairs throughout our country. It’s all so very sad. But, with so many semi-literate, simple-minded, historically challenged, Glenn Beck/Dave Barton lunatics and their political allies behind the wheel of our ship, we really can’t expect much other than a relentless attempt to defile our once thriving secular self-governance style. We’re clearly on the road to ultimate doom.

    Take a gander at what just happened in Ohio. Ohioans are now faced w/ the total de-funding of Planned Parenthood in the State. All because of a gang of teabagging morons who lay claim to “moral authority” in Ohio’s legislative bodies. What a disgusting turn of events.

    And it’s all done in the name of obedience to what these morons call their “sacred scripture.”.

    Makes you feel proud to be an American, doesn’t it?

    • The Militant One says:

      “Religious morality is doing what you are told, regardless of what is right. Ethics is doing what is right regardless of what is right.” Would that the religious assholes would be a little less moral and a little more ethical.

      • The Militant One says:

        Sorry – should have read “Ethics is doing what is right regardless of what you are told.” Brain fart.

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