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Valedictorian Rips Up Approved Speech on Stage, Recites Lordís Prayer at Graduation
Christian News ^ | June 4, 2013 | Editor, Christian News

Posted on 06/05/2013 10:54:28 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o

PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. – A high school valedictorian from South Carolina ripped up his approved speech on stage this past weekend, and minutes later, delivered the Lord’s Prayer in defiance of the school district’s decision to no longer include prayer at graduation ceremonies.

Roy Costner IV drew loud applause and cheers when he surprised attendees of the Liberty High School graduation at Clemson’s Littlejohn Colliseum on Saturday.

“From the ACLU sending FOIA requests to every district in the state this year after the Chesterfield County case, then the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent us a complaint about religion at board meetings and some other issues as well,” Pickens County School District spokesman John Eby said, the district has been under fire.

Therefore, officials decided to end invocations at all school functions and replace prayer at high school graduations with a moment of silence.

However, Costner wasn’t going to let activist groups kick God out of his graduation. After taking the podium, Costner took his approved speech and ripped it in half for all to see.

“They write their speeches,” Eby told local television station WYFF. “They send them to someone on staff to have them approved.”

After speaking from a separate script for a few minutes, Costner then began to thank his parents for his Christian upbringing.

“Those that we look up to, they have helped carve and mold us into the young adults that we are today,” he said. “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…” he continued, surprising the crowd with what came next.

“Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name,” Costner declared. “Thy Kingdom come…”

As attendees realized that Costner was reciting the Lord’s Prayer, applause began to break out in the colliseum. Within seconds, the applause was accompanied by loud cheers.

“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” he continued. “For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.”

The crowd again broke into cheers and applause as Costner concluded, and one faculty member sat smiling behind him.

“I think it took a lot of courage to do that,” attendee Logan Gibson told reporters. “People were [supportive] that he stood up for what he believed in.”

Eby said that the district will not be taking any action against Costner.

“The bottom line is, we’re not going to punish students for expressing their religious faiths,” he stated. “He’s a graduate now. There’s nothing we can do about it, even if we wanted to.”

An online video of Costner’s prayer has received over 13,000 hits and more than 300 likes since yesterday.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: aclu; christians; christianstudents; commencements; donttreadonme; liberty; lordsprayer; moralabsolutes; prayer; valedictorian
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We still have Freedom of Speech and the Free Exercise of Religion --- but only if we use our Free Speech to Exercise our Religion.

Bravo to Valedictorian Roy Costner IV.

The only disappointing thing was that I didn't see the people on the podium saying the Lord's Prayer along with him.

I say it again: Freedom, Use It Or Lose It.

1 posted on 06/05/2013 10:54:28 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Awesome!


2 posted on 06/05/2013 10:55:51 AM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Thank you for the Post! Glad to hear some wonderful news. You Go Mr Costner!


3 posted on 06/05/2013 10:57:01 AM PDT by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Amen


4 posted on 06/05/2013 10:57:39 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Funny thing happened on the way to the Constitution burning, Lefties rights were Iviolated...)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Off to an education camp with him! < /sarc>


5 posted on 06/05/2013 10:59:22 AM PDT by Gamecock ("Ultimately, Jesus died to save us from the wrath of God." ¬óR.C. Sproul)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

COOL!


6 posted on 06/05/2013 10:59:47 AM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: Mrs. Don-o

This kid is a real leader with the gift of fortitude. I hope he goes a long way in life. Prayers for him.

Deacon Francis


7 posted on 06/05/2013 10:59:47 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Good for that kid!

He struck a blow for two freedoms at once


8 posted on 06/05/2013 10:59:47 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
The purpose of government schools is to condition absolute obedience to Cass Sunstein and his fellow travelers.

They aren't going to like this.

9 posted on 06/05/2013 11:00:18 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Forget it, Jake. It's Eric Holder's people.")
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To: Mrs. Don-o
The demon possessed empty husks at the Freedom From Religion Foundation will regret their actions 100 years from now.

I guarantee it.

10 posted on 06/05/2013 11:01:23 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

There have been some schools that withheld the speaker’s dipolma for doing this. Good for this district for letting it go.


11 posted on 06/05/2013 11:01:29 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Stand up to the bullies...well done, kid!


12 posted on 06/05/2013 11:01:45 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

What’s that saying? There will always be pray in school as long as there are test.


13 posted on 06/05/2013 11:02:10 AM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Silent Running...


14 posted on 06/05/2013 11:02:46 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Wonderful! Thank you for sharing!


15 posted on 06/05/2013 11:02:50 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Hallelujah!

I’m going to stop reading any news today and try to keep my mind on this. It is the only encouragement I’ve seen in a long, long time.

Just for today, I want to hide.

I’m weary.


16 posted on 06/05/2013 11:03:14 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Mrs. Don-o
we’re not going to punish students for expressing their religious faiths,

Who's got the pool on how long THAT lasts?

17 posted on 06/05/2013 11:04:03 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Sounds like someone is asking for a drone strike.


18 posted on 06/05/2013 11:04:34 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: 2nd amendment mama

ping!


19 posted on 06/05/2013 11:05:30 AM PDT by basil (basil --Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Good for him! Our school’s graduation ceremony included a prayer...a very nice prayer thanking Our Father for all of His blessings. The response was overwhelmingly in favor, as far as I could tell (fairly large graduating class).


20 posted on 06/05/2013 11:05:41 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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