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High School Valedictorian Stuns Audience After He Rips Up Speech and Delivers the Lordís Prayer
http://www.theblaze.com ^ | june 5, 2013 | Billy Hallowell

Posted on 06/05/2013 3:39:04 PM PDT by lowbridge

Roy Costner IV, a former public school student from South Carolina, stunned the audience at his high school graduation last weekend when he ripped up his previously-approved valedictorian speech, going on, instead, to speak about God — and then deliver the Lord’s prayer.

The act, which drew loud applause, was taken in opposition to the School District of Pickens County’s decision to axe prayers from graduation events, Christian News reports. Officials said that they had recently received complaints from atheist activists and church-state separatists, leading to the removal of invocations from all school events.

But that didn’t stop Costner.

The Liberty High School ceremony is already making its way into national headlines, as the valedictorian’s actions and the subsequent cheers this past Saturday were caught on video.

As he spoke, Costner went from merely mentioning “the Lord” to jumping right into the well-known prayer.

“Those that we look up to, they have helped carve and mold us into the young adults that we are today. I’m so glad that both of my parents led me to the Lord at a young age,” he said. “And I think most of you will understand when I say –”

And that’s when he commenced the popular invocation.

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

Throughout the entirety of the prayer, cheers and clapping raged.

(Excerpt) Read more at theblaze.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: South Carolina
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Full title: High School Valedictorian Stuns Audience After He Rips Up Speech and Delivers the Lord’s Prayer Instead — Wild Applause Follows

Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nIr4zBz18E

1 posted on 06/05/2013 3:39:04 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

EPIC!


2 posted on 06/05/2013 3:40:28 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: lowbridge

I’m surprised the school Marxists didn’t turn off the mic and shut down all power.


3 posted on 06/05/2013 3:41:42 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: lowbridge

I think this is a neat story, but I believe the applause was more likely for the pook in the eye of the administration than the actual content. Great story just the same.


4 posted on 06/05/2013 3:41:59 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: lowbridge
SC CONSTITUTION, ARTICLE I, SECTION 2.
Religious freedom; freedom of speech; right of assembly and petition.
The General Assembly shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government or any department thereof for a redress of grievances.

5 posted on 06/05/2013 3:43:32 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: lowbridge

Awesome! LOVE IT!!!


6 posted on 06/05/2013 3:44:18 PM PDT by diamond6 (Lord, please have mercy on us!)
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To: lowbridge

Our children cry out for that which the government mandates they cannot have...


7 posted on 06/05/2013 3:44:37 PM PDT by EBH (The government that sits in Washington, D.C. is not the United States government.)
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To: fwdude
I’m surprised the school Marxists didn’t turn off the mic and shut down all power.

Probably because it's South Carolina

8 posted on 06/05/2013 3:45:30 PM PDT by Marathoner (Impeach Obama, Holder, Big Sis, and throw in IL Gov Quinn for good measure)
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To: lowbridge

I think all the attendees are now required to commit suicide.

Or, as the Left calls it, post-birth abortion by personal choice.


9 posted on 06/05/2013 3:45:33 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (MOHAMMED WAS A CHILD RAPIST!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

This is so KILLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


10 posted on 06/05/2013 3:46:04 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: lowbridge

Kids will always find away.
When my youngest graduated from high school the valedictorian, gave a speech about a super super hero...funny and informative.
He ended the speech by saying “Does anyone know who I am talking about?”, most of the students stood up and shouted “Jesus Christ”, people broke out in applauds.
Kids will always find away, they are not yet stymied.


11 posted on 06/05/2013 3:46:14 PM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: diamond6

If he had prayed to Allah, would that be OK by you?


12 posted on 06/05/2013 3:46:30 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Joe 6-pack

ping


13 posted on 06/05/2013 3:48:29 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal
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To: Lurking Libertarian

The point is we all have the Right to publically speak of God.

We may be offended by Allah prayers, but they have the Right here in our country to pray to him in public.


14 posted on 06/05/2013 3:48:46 PM PDT by EBH (The government that sits in Washington, D.C. is not the United States government.)
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To: Lurking Libertarian
If he had prayed to Allah, would that be OK by you?

Depends. Would the first words have been: ALLAHHH AKBARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

15 posted on 06/05/2013 3:50:28 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Obama lied, Stevens died, now Obama covers up the lies.)
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To: lowbridge
When I was in High School, we were a rebellious lot who had a goal of delivering a subversive speech that would piss off the faculty.

It's nice to see that the present generation has not lost that spirit.

It's just sad to realize that reciting the Lord's Prayer is considered subversive, rebellious speech in today's sick and twisted environment.

Orwell said it best,” Speaking the Truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act”

You go dude, Viva la revolución!

16 posted on 06/05/2013 3:50:32 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Lurking Libertarian
If he had prayed to Allah, would that be OK by you?

It would be OK, just as long as he was wielding a machete.

17 posted on 06/05/2013 3:51:43 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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To: definitelynotaliberal

The name of the High School is appropriately delicious :-)


18 posted on 06/05/2013 3:52:12 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: stars & stripes forever

just as long as he WASN’T wielding a machete


19 posted on 06/05/2013 3:53:00 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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To: lowbridge

he didn’t stun the audience.
he stunned the media.


20 posted on 06/05/2013 3:53:33 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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