Christian Salutatorian Defies High School Order and Speaks Out About His Faith!

    Ladies, we’ve seen this before, and often during graduation season–Christians are asked to remain silent about their faith for fear of offending others. But Christians are fighting back, as in the case of Brooks Hamby, a senior at Brawley Union High School in Brawley, Calif.

    When Hamby’s graduation speech was rejected three times by the school’s administration because it mentioned his Christian faith, he chose to speak about it anyway. In fact, he used the experience to defend his point.

    “I didn’t want to compromise my faith,” Hamby said when asked about his decision. “I wasn’t interested in removing every trace of God or Jesus. I wasn’t interested in conforming to those demands. I did not want to compromise my values. I didn’t want to water down the message.”

    Check out the following clip and let us know what you think:

    Ladies, what do you think about Hamby’s actions? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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    1. Now what if he decided to praise Allah instead, or the Wiccan god and goddess, or any other religion?

      There’s a reason religion and public school’s are separate. Some people don’t want to be told they should be blessed by a god they don’t believe in.

      • We are all blessed. We woke up another day. We are breathing air. That’s all from God. Air,Life, new opportunities. Christianity is not a religion because it was not man-made.

        • And people who are Muslime or Wiccan believe the exact same thing about their god- that it’s not a religion, and that they’re blessed by their own god(s)/goddess. Everyone from every religion believes that theirs isn’t man made. So which of us is right?

          What he said was insensitive an uncalled for in this type of setting. If it was any other religion I bet this article would be something about how sad it is that our nation is becoming less and less Christian and how Christians and being persecuted (or something like that).

          I have no problem with him thanking God, but he decided to make his entire speech about how he was supposedly “discriminated” against. It’s a graduation of your entire class! It’s not just about you and your god, sorrynotsorry.

    2. religion and school aren’t separate…its not even in our school, Great Oak High School, in Tmec, CA….had a principle that allowed Christian clubs AND a week-long outreach called Share the Passion, of which I was apart of for the second and third annual event….this past year, the club that hosts STP, Student Venture, grew tremendously since i left in 2012 (grad yr)…God is sooo good! i feel glad and blessed that i was able to participate in the STP and SV.

    3. I love it when Christians take a stand for their faith, however, I’m not sure a graduation is the right time to do it. I love to share my faith, but I would not do it at graduation, because it’s not just my special day. The graduation belongs to others as well. I have some school friends from other religions and I would want my graduation speech to be something that is applicable to them to. I don’t know much about other cases dealing with the separation of schools and religion, but I definitely think that in this instance, it was not the most appropriate timing to stand up for religious freedom in schools. Thanks for reading!

    4. This is definitely a debatable thing. What I mean is I totally respect that he is a brother in Christ and all, but what if there were, say, a Muslim or a Sikh in the audience and felt violated and took his message as a “your beliefs are invalid and you are obviously wrong!” I don’t necessarily think that his speech was necessarily untactful or offensive in any way, but just a thought. 😉

    5. Good for him. That was a great speech and comeback to not being allowed to talk about faith. I wish public institutions would realize that there is a difference between freedom of religion and freedom from religion.

    6. I don’t agree with the speech. This isn’t about non-believers trying to “silence” Christians because they don’t want to hear about the truth or someone’s faith, but because it’s a public school graduation. Even as Christians we need to be sensitive to the fact that people of all religions and backgrounds are present. Graduation is for the entire graduating class and the speeches should contain material that will uplift the graduates and the guests spirits, not make them feel awkward or even offended.

    7. That was a great speech! I go to a public school, but we still openly talk about our faith and have FCA meetings. Brooks did the right thing because he listened to God above all.

    8. I thought his speech was awesome (: and I have to say I disagree with you @janellesstepper because if we spend all our time trying to focus on who were going to be offending then we kind of hide behind that and we loose opportunities to share the gospel with nonbelievers imagine if someone in the crowd was listening to his speech and it was their first time hearing anything from the bible now imagine if he had sugar coated his speech that person would have walked away with nothing. Sometimes I think it is good to be bold in Christ and I think he did that while still respecting his boundaries (:

    9. Although I agree with @catera45 that his speech was very well planned out, I can also see where @janellasteper is coming from. There is a very fine line when talking about religion. Instead of thinking that the school is “silencing him”, maybe he should have talked about the love he had for the people at that school or even point out scenarios where love was shown. The reason for this kind of thinking is out of respect for any other kind of religion someone in the audience could have had. By talking about love, he still could have brought to light his faith. One of my favorite quotes is, “Buddha was not a Buddhist. Mohammed was not a Muslim. Jesus was not a Christians. They were teachers of love. Their religion was love.” If the young man could have thought about that aspect, instead of feeling boxed in, I think he still could of had the same impact.

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