Graduate Delivers Faith-Based Speech; Defies School Administrators
When Brooks Hansby learned he would be the salutatorian for his graduating class, he submitted three different drafts to school administrators. Each draft was rejected because they contained references to his deeply-held Christian beliefs.
Undeterred, Hansby decided to use the experience as a “teachable moment” for his fellow graduates.
In coming before you today, I presented three drafts of my speech, all of them denied on account of my desire to share with you my personal thoughts and inspiration to you: my Christian faith. In life, you will be told, ‘No.’ In life you will be told to do things that you have no desire to do. In life, you will be asked to do things that violate your conscience and desire to do what is right.
“No man or woman has ever truly succeeded or been fulfilled on the account of living for others and not standing on what they knew in their heart was right or good,” Hansby said, before quoting from “the biggest best-selling book of all-time in history.” “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot,” Hansby said, quoting Matthew, 5:13.
“Be the salt of the Earth. Be strong and stand for your convictions and for what is right, what is ethical, what is moral and what is Godly, no matter what is the cost to you. Stand for what is good wherever you go and whatever you do.” That’s not a bad message for high school graduates to hear. Wonder why public school administrators, paid by tax-payer money, wanted to silence it.
This is a copy of the full article discovered on the Conservative site Truth Revolt