Thursday, June 6, 2013

Valedictorian Rips up Approved Speech on Stage, Recites the Lord’s Prayer at Graduation

Valedictorian Roy Costner IV, top graduate of Liberty High School, Pickens County, South Carolina tore up his “approved” speech and chose to address the crowd with the Lord's Prayer.  The audience’s initial shock turned into a spattering applause that fast erupted into a roar of support.
Valedictorian Roy Costner IV, top graduate of Liberty High School, Pickens County, South Carolina tore up his “approved” speech and chose to address the crowd with the Lord's Prayer. The audience’s initial shock turned into a spattering applause that quickly erupted into a roar of support.


“At a South Carolina high school graduation, the valedictorian's speech began as planned but suddenly became a religious sermon in spite of his school district’s recent ban of prayers at school gatherings.
Roy Costner IV, the top graduate of Pickens County, South Carolina’s Liberty High School submitted one speech for approval prior to the recent ceremony, but ended up tearing it up before a shocked crowd and giving an altogether different address. But it wasn’t entirely impromptu.
'Obviously I didn't do my job well enough,' Costner said after telling the crowd his speech had been approved by faculty. 'We're going to have to use a different one. Who cares?'
Then he ripped his speech in two.
‘Those that we look up to, they have helped carve and mold us into the young adults that we are today,’ he began again. ‘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…’
Costner paused, threw caution to the wind and began reciting a speech his audience had likely heard before.
‘Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name…’”
According to reports, Mr. Costner’s prayer is in protest to the Pickens County Board of Education changing its prayer policy earlier this spring under threat of lawsuit from Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group of atheists if the school district did not end student-led prayers.  H/t VineofLife.Net
Folding to pressure from atheists, the school board voted in favor of prohibiting student led prayer at board meetings and adopted a policy of non-sectarian prayer.
To Mr. Costner’s credit, someone had to take a stand for freedom of speech and religion against the evil forces turning this country upside down.

Source:  Daily Mail


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