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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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To: Mrs. Don-o

This kid ROCKS..God Bless Him!!


21 posted on 06/05/2013 11:05:50 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I expect next year the high school will have cops on standby at the graduation ceremony in case the valedictorian decides to go off script and pray.

They’ll probably tase him and maybe even shoot him. I just hope the crowd of parents are prepared for that possibility.


22 posted on 06/05/2013 11:06:08 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

IRS audit follows.


23 posted on 06/05/2013 11:06:21 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I would LOVE to see that be replicated throughout the country.


24 posted on 06/05/2013 11:06:35 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: Linda Frances
There will always be pray in school as long as there are test.

Hope you don't mind if I 'repair' this and restate it. It's a really good adage.

There will always be prayer in school as long as there are tests.

25 posted on 06/05/2013 11:09:37 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

A very young man has stood strong against tyranny. So noted by our Father In Heaven, I’m sure.


26 posted on 06/05/2013 11:09:47 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Outstanding!! Perhaps there is hope.


27 posted on 06/05/2013 11:10:04 AM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~ I drink good wine, listen to good music and dream good dreams.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I am Jewish, and this brought a tear of hope to my eye. America was founded with Christian faith at its core, and will not survive if we drive it from the public sphere. I love my Christian brothers and sisters and will continue to work withn them to take back freedom of religion from the atheists and Marxists who want only to bring our nation down.


28 posted on 06/05/2013 11:10:43 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Made me want to cry.

God Bless America, and God Bless Roy Costner IV


29 posted on 06/05/2013 11:11:11 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

His parents must be so proud of him. I am.


30 posted on 06/05/2013 11:11:35 AM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
I just hope the crowd of parents are prepared for that possibility.

Well.... the new Emergency Preparedness Manual from the DHS states that in such an emergency, the parents will all proceed to hide under the bleachers and be ready to produce their 'papers' for identification.

31 posted on 06/05/2013 11:12:51 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Atheists will probably make another run.

But why listen to them? Why give them a platform. If they are correct then they are just animated blobs of flesh and bone with no soul.

The ‘separation of church and state’ is as much lie as Josh Suggermann’s ‘assault rifles’.

Our youth are waking up - for the good.


32 posted on 06/05/2013 11:13:18 AM PDT by bluecat6 ("All non-denial denials. They doubt our ancestry, but they don't say the story isn't accurate. ")
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I re- read the article... he had an “approved speech?”. It is still a great story.


33 posted on 06/05/2013 11:13:30 AM PDT by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: montag813

There won’t be a Valedictorian speech next year. Maybe they’ll bring in the Transgender Prom Queen to speak.


34 posted on 06/05/2013 11:14:01 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

< /liberal shock and outrage moment >

35 posted on 06/05/2013 11:14:33 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: windcliff; stylecouncilor

Oh, those SC high school kids bump....


36 posted on 06/05/2013 11:15:49 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Mrs. Don-o

God Bless that courageous young man.


37 posted on 06/05/2013 11:17:25 AM PDT by RedMDer (You are Free Republic. There are no outside influences. Just us, all of us. Please donate today!)
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To: onedoug

Something we may forget, rebellion is in kids.

If they are constantly force-fed liberalism, they could possibly rebel to our side.


38 posted on 06/05/2013 11:19:04 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (Inbred, pedophile-worshipping, misogynists (mozlums) offend me.)
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To: massgopguy
There won’t be a Valedictorian speech next year. Maybe they’ll bring in the Transgender Prom Queen to speak.

The first part of your thesis is already here in MA. The second part is probably close...

39 posted on 06/05/2013 11:19:20 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: massgopguy
There won’t be a Valedictorian speech next year. Maybe they’ll bring in the Transgender Prom Queen to speak.

Why do schools in red states even bother to respond to the ACLU and FFRF or their lawsuits? Doesn't anyone really believe if they get a court order and the school ignores it that Gov. Haley is going to order state troopers in to stop them?

Americans must realize that they can and must NULLIFY Federal judges and agencies and their directives when it comes to religion. The Constitution plainly says only "Congress" is restricted from "establishment", and the 10th Amendment protects the states from Fed involvement.

40 posted on 06/05/2013 11:20:10 AM PDT by montag813
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Woo hoo — I believe!!!


41 posted on 06/05/2013 11:21:59 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: momincombatboots

“... he had an “approved speech?”. It is still a great story.”

The “approved speech” is the one that he ripped up - which makes it such a great story.

**********

“We’ve taken care of everything
The words you read,
The songs you sing,
The pictures that give pleasure
To your eye”


42 posted on 06/05/2013 11:22:57 AM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Uh oh he will be receiving an audit or get sued by the ACLUeless.


43 posted on 06/05/2013 11:26:58 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Mrs. Don-o

BTTT!!!


44 posted on 06/05/2013 11:27:06 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Wonderful. Great read. Thanks for posting.


45 posted on 06/05/2013 11:36:11 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: bicyclerepair

As a high school baseball coach, I’ve had a lot of conversations on the bus as several of the kids coaxed me to talk. They’d sometimes ask obviously silly questions, yet they suck-up information like a sponge. And I’d like to think that in years to come a few of them in evaluating information will remember those long-ago conversations on the bus with Coach Whatshisname.

That I might have made that kind of difference.... Wow!


46 posted on 06/05/2013 11:37:08 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: bluecat6

If there is no God, as they say, then how can there be a right or wrong? Therefore, how can it be wrong to speak out your religious beliefs? All right and wrong are just subjective and up to each individual to decide, and therefore there can be no absolutes to judge!

The atheists are so ridiculously illogical.


47 posted on 06/05/2013 11:40:02 AM PDT by boxlunch (the fourth estate is the fifth column)
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To: montag813

Thank you.


48 posted on 06/05/2013 11:41:35 AM PDT by Bayou Dittohead
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To: Mrs. Don-o

You have to use your freedoms or you will lose them.

And you have to push the boundaries as those set to chip them away from you will - and you know they do - plan and work to chip them away from you, any time they think they can.

Call their bluff.

ACLU sends out blanket form threat letter to all of SC, and sent many across the nation, to intimidate schools. What if every single school said “SCREW YOU” and they all had kids who did this. ACLU can’t sue thousands of schools. It would totally backfire on them.


49 posted on 06/05/2013 11:42:55 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: 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.

Bravo Roy Costner!!!!

50 posted on 06/05/2013 11:48:37 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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