College Student Wins Right to Talk about Jesus and the Bible in Graduation Speech

Nov 2008
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A Colorado Mesa University student has succeeded in her fight to be allowed to mention Jesus and the Bible in her graduation speech.
Relevant Magazine reports that student Karissa Erickson gave the speech last Friday at her school’s graduation ceremony. Although the university has a rule prohibiting religious content in school-related speeches, Erickson, with the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, appealed this rule and won.
The university had initially told Erickson that “speeches should be free of any one religious slant.” However, upon hearing of Erickson’s case, the ADF sent a letter to university officials, seeking to appeal the rule.
The school decided to grant Erickson’s request, as expressed through ADF’s letter, although some school officials still said Erickson could face “repercussion” if she chose to keep the references to Jesus and the Bible in her speech.


“We applaud the university for quickly recognizing that the First Amendment protects a graduating student’s right to mention her faith in her own speech and has never required universities to purge ceremonies of all things religious. America’s Founding Fathers regularly opened public ceremonies with prayer, and federal appeals courts have consistently ruled that universities can do the same at their graduation ceremonies.”
https://www.christianheadlines.com/...jesus-and-the-bible-in-graduation-speech.html

Looks like this student has the right to free speech after all. Thanks to Alliance Defending Freedom bullies in Liberal colleges will not censor free speech
 
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Nov 2008
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Speech away, but I'd advise to keep it short. It's a graduation, not a church.
I doubt the speech is very long (probably a minute or two) Still the student has graduated and the student is giving a farewell speech. Controlling their speech is like trying to control your 18 year old son or daughter after they moved out of the house.
 
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... Looks like this student has the right to free speech after all. Thanks to Alliance Defending Freedom bullies in Liberal colleges will not censor free speech
That's not exactly what happened. The directive to omit the Bible passage from the speech came from a single faculty member, who did not first consult university officials. Officials from the school were wholly unaware of the situation until they received a letter from the ADL. The article says the student "appealed this rule and won," suggesting that the school fought against her - which it did not.

As soon as school officials learned of the faculty member's error, the school made the necessary corrections. The "liberal college" as [MENTION=3300]aboutenough[/MENTION] put it, did nothing wrong.
 
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That's not exactly what happened. The directive to omit the Bible passage from the speech came from a single faculty member, who did not first consult university officials. Officials from the school were wholly unaware of the situation until they received a letter from the ADL. The article says the student "appealed this rule and won," suggesting that the school fought against her - which it did not.

As soon as school officials learned of the faculty member's error, the school made the necessary corrections. The "liberal college" as [MENTION=3300]aboutenough[/MENTION] put it, did nothing wrong.
So ONE faculty member decided to bully the student.