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It’s hard to find glimmers of hope in America.

The relentless dismantling of our foundational truths and individual liberty that we are experiencing would have seemed unthinkable just a few decades ago.

No liberty is exempt from the left’s cleansing. From those enumerated in the First Amendment to the liberties guaranteed by the Second Amendment, our freedoms are under assault:

• Conservatives are targeted by the IRS for reading the inspiring words of de Tocqueville and Locke
• Symbols of faith are brazenly removed from Air Force Mess Halls while the military threatens to court martial Christians who openly share their faith
• Evangelical Christians are bullied from delivering invocations at the President’s Inauguration
• Gun owners are relegated to second class citizens within the confounds of the media and on Capitol Hill

The tyranny of so-called tolerance and despotism is suffocating our inalienable rights to the extent that many Americans are left wondering “how much more oppression can our Republic withstand ?”

And then a glimmer of light, ever so dim and weak, reminds us all is not lost; that there is a brighter future within our grasp should we choose to embrace it.

A high school valedictorian from Pickens County, South Carolina, became that light as he stood in defiance of those seeking to shut down freedom of religion and expression. Despite the ACLU demands to remove all references to faith and religion in graduation ceremonies statewide, Roy Costner IV refused to allow his testimony of God’s faithfulness to be suppressed.

To the amazement of his graduating class, faculty and parents, Costner stood before the podium and defiantly ripped up his state sanctioned speech. He then spoke openly about his faith in Jesus Christ:

Those that we look up to, they have helped carve and mold us into the young adults that we are today,” he said. “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 continued, surprising the crowd with what came next.“Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name,” Costner declared. “Thy Kingdom come…

Much to the chargrin of the ACLU and their cohorts in the radical left, Costner did not even get to the second line of the Lord’s Prayer before the crowd broke into a spontaneous applause.

This is America.

A place where a student, if he so chooses, can freely give Glory to God without fear of persecution or discrimination.

A country where the exchange of ideas and philosophies is celebrated not punished by government agencies that wield their power like feudalistic lords.

A nation where tradition and foundational documents are studied, honored and esteemed for their intrinsic wisdom.

A land where the full exercise of inalienable rights is encouraged and cheered; not violated or restrained by overbearing governance.

America…the city on the hill whose light has not been completely extinguished.

Costner demonstrated that a little courage and fortitude can defeat the demagogues trying to regulate thought and speech. As the anti-God regiment in this country (yes, those that three times voted to remove God from their political platform) slowly tries to chip away at our religious freedom, I predict that we will witness many more acts of courage like that demonstrated by Costner.

It’s a sad commentary on our culture when reciting the Lord’s Prayer in public is considered a subversive act of rebellion.

Perhaps George Orwell said it best, “Speaking the Truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.

 

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  • Meredith Heffernan

    This makes me so happy. I really wish I had been there. Seeing someone really give God the glory he deserves is always powerful, and it never happens often enough.

    • blackyb

      Yo! So true.

  • The Truth

    why is there always a white box covering the text on this page. Ugh, so frustrating. Everytime a click a link, and I see it brings me to this site, im just like “dang, the headline sounded interesting too” Oh Well

    • blackyb

      ??

      • The Truth

        3 other people got it lol

    • blackyb

      Just hit f5 (top row.) It will go away. (I guess that is what you mean; the one with the circled X that does not like to close. Also, you can hit control (on the bottom of your keyboard, hold it and have your arrow over the ‘x’ if it does not go away. (I guess we are talking about the same thing.)

  • Tina Rodriguez Dell

    I would have been great to hear the rest of his speech. What a wonderful example you are young man!

    • patsy miller

      I agree…I would have loved to read it in its entirety!

  • Idaho Bob

    This young man, and his parents get it, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6)”.
    “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12)”.
    “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9)”.

    There IS no other way to God outside of the saving work of Jesus Christ.

    • Larry

      HUAA.

    • patsy miller

      AMEN! Those verses says it all!

  • Gary

    Thank You for standing up for the rights of all Christian Americans. I’m sure Your parents are proud. May the Blessings of the Lord Jesus be with You Always. Thanks again. Gary O’Brien

  • Ron117

    And all the government school officials sitting in the background dare not clap or show appreciation for this outstanding young man, speaking freely. THAT IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH GOVERNMENT EDUCATION.

    • Dannymaniac

      This young man has more guts than ALL the democrats and republicans in Washington DC! He has a faith that unfortunately most Americans are afraid to express. We are bullied by Washington to go against our own grain. America needs someone to stand up to this administration. If we do not stand up for America we will go down in history as Americans who “were once free”. This is the message we leave our children and we as “free Americans” should be ashamed because we will leave this legacy to our children and grandchildren. We should be teaching our children and grandchildren the history of America because in the future they may lose the greatness of America and we are the ones responsile for this. Don’t neglect to give your children a faith such as this young man has. Without faith in “SOMETHING” our children will fall through the cracks and this administration will be as responsible as the parents who didn’t lead their children to a faith that can sustain them through the future. The faith that is being lost in America.

  • Palmetto

    Hurray for this young men. I am so proud — my grandson goes to school in the Pickens County School system.

  • Old and Wise Carl

    So glad to see this fellow South Carolinian stand up for the Lord Jesus Christ and so appreciative of the audience cheering him on. If only more valedictorians would follow this example. If more Christians would stand strong for the Lord and fight the world system of evil taking root in our country we could win this battle. The bible tells us that in the last days Satan will go about as a roaring lion seeking to deceive everyone, even the very elect or ardent Christians and we are in that time.

    • blackyb

      Trey Gowdy would make a great Attorney General, or Alan West if he is not President. I lived in SC for awhile. The children there are very polite, at least all whom I met. I was impressed. People seem to respect each other there.

  • justathinker

    I’m proud of this young man and also for the applauding audience. Oh, BTW, I’m atheist. Not an ANTI-theist, just atheist.
    “It is the duty of the Patriot to protect his country from its Government.”

  • ObozoMustGo

    There is hope for America! We need more like this young man.

    Have a nice day!

    “Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech; which is the Right of every Man, as far as by it, he does not hurt or control the Right of another. And this is the only Check it ought to suffer, and the only bounds it ought to know. This sacred Privilege is also essential to free Governments, that the Security of Property, and the Freedom of Speech always go together; and in those wretched Countries where a Man cannot call his Tongue his own, he can scarce call any Thing else his own. Whoever would overthrow the Liberty of a Nation, must begin by subduing the Freeness [sic!] of Speech; a Thing terrible to Public Traitors.” — Ben Franklin

  • Dannymaniac

    WHAT A MAN!!!!!!!!!!

  • blackyb

    This is who America is. These are the kinds of people we need to lead America.

  • BCre8f2

    The scowls on the faces behind him just tickle me!

  • anestat

    He is a fine, courageous young man. A shining light in our country darkened by Obama’s dictatorship. May there be more.

  • Barry Daughenbaugh

    Perfect, He exercised his first amendment right

    “The Bill of Rights was meant to be sacrosanct, untouchable — period. NO ordinance, no regulation, no order, no bill, no act, no statute, no code, No Federal law, no State law, no County law, no City law, no Amendment etc. can be enforced that VIOLATES those protections. The Bill of Rights was not created as a rule book for what the people can do; it was created as a rule book for what government cannot do. Once you remove hard fast restrictions like the Bill of Rights from the picture, you give the government license to make its own rules. That is how tyranny is born.”

  • Troy Berkely

    Thank you!

  • patsy miller

    Young man, I admire and respect you greatly for demonstrating your ‘faith’ beyond the church walls!

    You, sir, are a TRUE LEADER and a TRUE WORSHIPER of our CREATOR GOD and HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST!

    GOD BLESS YOU!

  • Angela nelson

    Keep it Up!

  • codesertrat

    God bless you for your courage – and God bless those who applauded, you don’t even realize how courageous YOU are too. A storm is coming…

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.gentile.965 Thomas Gentile

    A BREATH OF FRESH AMERICAN AIR / AS HE PRAISED GOD THE HAIR ON MY ARM STOOD UP / THAT’S REAL MY FRIENDS NOT PHONY FAKE DECEITFUL LYING DESTRUCTIVE LIKE WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR BELOVED WHITE HOUSE , THIS MUST STOP >> THE REMOVAL MUST BEGIN NOW

  • Mac Boy

    “If I had a Son… he’d look just like Roy Costner IV!””

    (Put THAT where the Sun don’t shine Mr. President)

    You Fake Illegal Muzzie Commie !!!!

  • Ncrdbl1

    The court has already settled this issue. A students right to religion cannot be restricted. The court has ruled that the leaders of the school system may not pray but student led prayer IS LEGAL.

  • ElHalcon

    We need many many more youn people like him and a lot of older ones need to take a lesson from him