Valedictorian Shreds Graduation Speech, Recites Lord’s Prayer
South Carolina graduate, Roy Costner IV didn't appreciate the Pickens County School District's decision to ban religious prayer from graduation ceremonies. Area atheists protested prayer invoking God's name during state funded institutions, claiming it was equivalent to the 'religious bullying'.
As Costner stood before his peers, he took his previously approved speech and ripped it apart. “Those that we look up to, they have helped carve and mold us into the young adults that we are today,” he said, according to the Washington Times. “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 paused. “Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name…”
The auditorium erupted into wild applause, making his recitation nearly inaudible. I watched the video below in awe, amazed at his bravery and composure.
A spokesman for the Pickens County School System said Costner won't face any disciplinary action because he's now a graduate and there's 'nothing they could do about it anyway'.
Just in case you're unfamiliar with the prayer, I've included.
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.