(The Pearcey Report) -- Last week, the valedictorian of a high school in South Carolina made national news by “defiantly” tearing up his state-approved graduation speech and instead delivering remarks that more truly reflect what he wanted to say to his classmates and to the community at large. Those remarks included a recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, which is recorded in Matthew 6.
The response to the address by Roy Costner of Liberty High School has been enormous, much of it positive. The 18-year-old has, of course, faced criticism for his public stance, as one might expect.
The student’s bold act, respectfully if somewhat nervously delivered, gained a national hearing. It was featured on the Drudge Report and by several other media outlets. A surprised Costner was interviewed by CNN’s Brooke Baldwin and Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.
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