Valedictorian Says Lord’s Prayer During Graduation Speech

After the school district ruled that no prayer would be said at graduation, Valedictorian Roy Costner said the Lord’s Prayer as part of his graduation speech.  Read more here.


Comment from Nancy McGough
Time: June 8, 2013, 11:25 am

For our country to survive the current attack on religion, we need more young people–such as this brave graduate–to speak up. It’s only if we say and do nothing that we will fail in our fight against religious liberty. We must take a lesson from those who came before us to fight for those values in which we believe so strongly.

Comment from Glenn Durham
Time: June 11, 2013, 2:35 pm

Nancy, both you and Glen Meakem are not thinking this thru at all. Trust me, as a christian, you don’t want religion or prayer allowed in school. Read this to learn why.

I agree that restricting prayer of students is not acceptable, unless they are speaking at an event such as graduation. They are specially invited to a graduation under conditions that they will act as part of what the school allows as part of a publicly sponsored event. Prayer or endorsement of religion or specific religion at a publicly funded event is not ok, even by a student.

Certainly no teacher should be talking about their religion while on the time clock. After they leave their job, they can pray all night long.

On 06/10/13, Glen Meakem wrote:


You are making a good argument and I don’t have the time to get into a long discourse on this. But, my concern here are First Amendment liberties. I believe that restricting all prayer (regardless of which religion) is an unacceptable abridgement of First Amendment rights.

Thanks for your comment.


From: glenn Durham
Sent: Sunday, June 09, 2013 8:57 AM
To: Glen Meakem
Subject: questionable logic in your comments this past weekend

Glen, I am a Tea Party person. I have heard you speak at 2 tea party events. YOu did a good job.

Your comments about school prayer and bad athiests was poor logic. FIrst, you rail weekly about the public school system, which indoctrinates people and is under the control of the federal and stage govt. Yet you are ok with them forcing a specific religion’s prayer to be spoken during a publicly funded event. You can’t have it both ways, you like the power of government when it forces your morals or religion on others, but don’t like it when others do what you would also do.

SO what if your community was 51% Muslim, or 52% Satanist. Would you be ok for your Christian child to sit thru a Satanists prayers? NO, you would be the first to cry foul. You only want your religion to dominate, but oppose other religions when they try to do the same.

THis is why each week you are so correct in your support of private schools. Your best way to get prayer in school is to eliminate the public school system, which I totally agree with. Until you do so, you have no right to have the prayers of your religion forced upon others.

Glenn Durham

Comment from Glenn Durham
Time: June 11, 2013, 2:36 pm

Correction to above post, I am saying that you, Glen and Nancy, as Christians, don’t want what you are asking for.

Comment from Glenn Durham
Time: June 11, 2013, 2:48 pm

Again, if an athiest came up there and talked about how ATHIESM helped them get thru school, or how SATANISM helped them become a better person, or said a prayer to Zeuss, Odin, or any other god, you would be be the first to rise up and call foul.

Comment from Glenn Durham
Time: June 11, 2013, 5:07 pm

To bolster these ideas, I suggest you check this out:

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