Skip to comments.Valedictorian Rips Up Approved Speech on Stage, Recites Lordís Prayer at Graduation
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 Lords Prayer in defiance of the school districts 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 Clemsons 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 wasnt 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. Im 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 Lords 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, were not going to punish students for expressing their religious faiths, he stated. Hes a graduate now. Theres nothing we can do about it, even if we wanted to.
An online video of Costners prayer has received over 13,000 hits and more than 300 likes since yesterday.
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.
Thank you for the Post! Glad to hear some wonderful news. You Go Mr Costner!
Off to an education camp with him! < /sarc>
This kid is a real leader with the gift of fortitude. I hope he goes a long way in life. Prayers for him.
Good for that kid!
He struck a blow for two freedoms at once
They aren't going to like this.
I guarantee it.
There have been some schools that withheld the speaker’s dipolma for doing this. Good for this district for letting it go.
Stand up to the bullies...well done, kid!
What’s that saying? There will always be pray in school as long as there are test.
Wonderful! Thank you for sharing!
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.
Who's got the pool on how long THAT lasts?
Sounds like someone is asking for a drone strike.
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).
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