Skip to comments.High School Valedictorian Stuns Audience After He Rips Up Speech and Delivers the Lordís Prayer
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 Lords prayer.
The act, which drew loud applause, was taken in opposition to the School District of Pickens Countys 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 didnt stop Costner.
The Liberty High School ceremony is already making its way into national headlines, as the valedictorians 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. Im 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 thats 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 ...
Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nIr4zBz18E
I’m surprised the school Marxists didn’t turn off the mic and shut down all power.
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.
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.
Awesome! LOVE IT!!!
Our children cry out for that which the government mandates they cannot have...
Probably because it's South Carolina
I think all the attendees are now required to commit suicide.
Or, as the Left calls it, post-birth abortion by personal choice.
This is so KILLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
If he had prayed to Allah, would that be OK by you?
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.
Depends. Would the first words have been: ALLAHHH AKBARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!
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!
It would be OK, just as long as he was wielding a machete.
The name of the High School is appropriately delicious :-)
just as long as he WASN’T wielding a machete
he didn’t stun the audience.
he stunned the media.
The woman with sandy brown hair just above his cap - She smiles and appears to be in support.
The woman to her right - She seems to be enjoying it also.
The guy to that women's right (the one not paying attention) - suddenly he is, and is likely not happy, but he at least restrains himself.ut
Of course. Students have free speech. One doesn't lose that right because someone else is offended by it. What sort of libertarian opposes free speech, other than the communist ones at the ACLU?
I doubt a prayer Allah would have brought applause, however. And, other students would have the right to drown the speech out with boos.
Our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, and our laws are all based on Godly principles, in fact, Judeo Christian principles. Our government in recent years has chosen to become anti-God, instead of merely refraining from promotion of a religion.
There is a huge difference between the two.
Allah didn't form the basis for the Declaration of Independence or the US Constitution.
New York/Red England transplant.
Probably not. I probably would have stood and boo'ed. As would many people in the audience. If we did, would you feel justified in suing over it?
Careful how you answer.
May Christianity take root in the next generation as rebellion against the liberal elite.
What punishment could he receive?
Nope. But it would have been his right. And it would have been my right to BOOOO and yell.
Just like it is your right to be a moron.
Oh wait...this is a private site...so...not really.
Even though he doesn’t exist?
I disagree, this government is establishing islime as the official religion in fact. When the force of law is brought to bear against Christians for merely wearing crucifixes to school, yet foot washing stations are being built with taxpayer money, special prayer times established for scuzzlims to stick their patoots in the air, and Christian children are forced to wear those burlap bag clown suits over their heads for the sake of teaching "diversity" it is promotion and establishment of a state religion. or rather the sand pirate's bloody fascist moon cult that they call a religion.
Well, that’s good.
So, what’s your point then, in asking about “Allah?”
I never said I opposed his right to free speech. I don't, in fact.
I actually support this student's right to pray. As I would support him if he prayed to Allah, or Moloch, or Vishnu. I support both the free exercise of religion and the principle of the Government not establishing any particular religion.
So the Government gets to decide which gods exist?
Who said anything about the government deciding? Just asking anyone the question. Because there is no Allah, period. (How many Gods can there be? Only one)
To figure out if people were cheering for free speech, or merely for their own religion.
You asked it to be confrontational. Admit it. What you really meant is, someone's prayers to Allah must not only be allowed, but everyone MUST CHEER them! To do less is somehow censoring or "against the 1st Amendment."
It’s true. God speaks through us if we but allow it.
God bless him. Guess he’ll be sent to the gulag, though.
You’re right. How could I forget about Pope Hussein?
Many persons in the USA including foremost Obama and his enablers and Saudis would like to propagate the idea that Muslims were very much part of the Founders. It will be interesting to see how the 4th of July is celebrated by Muslims.
Typical libertarian. Do you know how to create a libertarian? Just take a conservative and remove all common sense.
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