FFRF Slams “Lord’s Prayer” Student

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has issued a statement about the South Carolina public high school student who recited the Lord’s Player during his valedictorian address.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is placing the blame for a string of problematic religious violations in Pickens County schools, Pickens S.C., upon its prayerful Board of Education. [snip] “The valedictorian who so insensitively inflicted Christian prayer on a captive audience at a secular graduation ceremony is a product of a school district which itself has set an unconstitutional example by hosting school board prayer,” said Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president. It appears that valedictorian Roy Costner IV, 18, was protesting a decision by the district to stop scheduling invocations and benedictions at graduations, possibly as a result of FFRF’s complaints. FFRF will continue to monitor the situation.

Family Research Council tool Tony Perkins fires back:

Gaylor lists of string of abuses by the school district — among them: the description of a new head football coach as a “Christian.” To the chagrin of the atheists, the school district says it has no plans to take action against Costner for exercising his freedom of speech and religion. My question is: when will the adults show the same courage as these young people, who are saying no to repression by this radical minority? The response of the audiences in every one of these incidents is very telling. They all stand and applaud like a repressed people yearning to breath free. It’s time for all of us to breath free!