Roy Costner IV Rips up Speech, Recites Lord's Prayer at Liberty High School

(Washingtontimes) A South Carolina valedictorian garnered wild applause after he ripped up his pre-approved speech and deliver...

Comment by Dr. Bob on June 7, 2013 at 12:07pm

One typically gets to be valedictorian by having the highest GPA in the school.  So perhaps not all that ignorant for a high school student.  As a public speaker, he also apparently knew his audience well based on the reaction he got.

I'm not a fan of public prayer in mixed company.  This, however, was less a prayer and more an act of civil disobedience. 

Comment by kris feenstra on June 7, 2013 at 1:42pm


He was representing a portion of his peers, but if prayer was banned due to complaints from atheist parents, then it's reasonable to wager it also puts him at odds with some of his other peers. It was, in their school, a contentious issue.

As for push back, you'd think someone that age could think of a more creative way to get it done while addressing principle, and without using the address as a venue to push his own religious needs.

Comment by Melvinotis on June 7, 2013 at 2:15pm
I'm going to make a prediction, we'll see how close I get. Next year there will be dozens of actions like this online, maybe hundreds in real life. But the next action like this that will go viral is when someone in the audience boos the speaker. That will make the rounds online, but won't be reported in the news. After that happens though, people won't hold back, and boos during the lords prayer will be more likely than not.
Comment by Doug Reardon on June 7, 2013 at 5:02pm

South Carolina valedictorian, he'll probably become a politician.

Comment by Judith van der Roos on June 8, 2013 at 8:37am
Funny. If he had rected a prayer at a Dutch school he would have got well deserved whsitle and raspberries.
Judith vd R.
Comment by Judith van der Roos on June 8, 2013 at 8:38am
apologies for my English breakdown there.
Comment by archaeopteryx on June 8, 2013 at 9:54am

Actually, another kid tried that yesterday, in North Texas, the school shut his mike off.

Comment by Adam on June 8, 2013 at 12:38pm

So glad that in my chemistry graduation the lead speaker talked about Origins of life throughout the universe. It was very interesting. 

Comment by Ed on June 9, 2013 at 10:30am


"I'm sure they all went home to their double-wides..." -arch

I have to take issue with the "double-wides" comment. What exactly are you implying by that remark?

Comment by archaeopteryx on June 9, 2013 at 11:15am

Sorry, Ed, I forgot you were from Arkansas - that's not true, I just didn't know you were listening - actually, a double-wide would seem like a mansion, compared to the cardboard box I call home.


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