Skip to comments.Colorado Student Files Lawsuit Over Commencement Speech That Mentioned Jesus
Posted on 08/31/2007 3:03:49 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants
DENVER A student who said she was told she wouldn't get her diploma unless she apologized for a commencement speech in which she mentioned Jesus has filed a lawsuit alleging her free speech rights were violated.
The school district contends its actions were "constitutionally appropriate."
Erica Corder was one of 15 valedictorians at Lewis-Palmer High School in 2006. All were invited to speak for 30 seconds at the graduation ceremony. When it was Corder's turn, she encouraged the audience to get to know Jesus Christ.
Corder had not included those remarks during rehearsals.
The lawsuit said Brewer would not give Corder her diploma until she included a sentence saying, "I realize that, had I asked ahead of time, I would not have been allowed to say what I did."
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Fifteen valedictorians in one graduating class??? That’s so incredible!
Identical or fraternal?
Have you forgotten that they grade on a curve to make it fairer!
ACLU call your office. ACLU??? Hello?? ACLU?????
1st amendment re-written by moonbats:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, unless it is a Christian religion in which case you are not allowed to practice or talk about your religion in public places.
Why doesn’t someone file a lawsuit on that dumb kid?
I’m still looking for the part in the Constitution where it says Marxist “teachers” are responsible to make sure all traces of Christianity are removed from American life. I know. There is probably some phony-balony “judge” somewhere that could show me.
I bet that if the valedictorian would have mentioned Mohammed all would be well.
Yep, but I’ll be they’d bend over backwards to promote an all Arab school in New York... I’m convinced there’d be no religion discussed there!
Since it does not involve adults have sex with children, it is not protected free speech.
To me, that's usually the motive behind the demand for an apology, as if he were personally affronted.
I wonder if it appropriate to say “Jesus! What’s taking so long getting these Muslim foot baths installed?!”
I think she has a good law suit case! How about it? Any lawyers still in town?
Maybe CAIR will help her? For the sake of religious freedom?
OTOH, isn't it ridiculous they had fifteen "valedictorians"??
Thanks for that reminder.
Now, when was it exactly that Congress - the legislative and lawmaking body of our government - passed a law prohibiting the mention of Jesus or Christianity from a valedectory podium?
I can't recall that law being proposed or voted on or enacted. Anyone else?
Hmmmm...... maybe this is one of those "laws" devised by a federal court, which by the way has no lawmaking authority.
So why is anyone calling it a "law"? Sounds more like some judge's personal opinion, and not much more.
Did a search and found a site that says this is the entire speech:
“Throughout these lessons our teachers, parents, and let’s not forget our peers have supported and encouraged us along the way. Thank you all for the past four amazing years. Because of your love and devotion to our success, we have all learned how to endure change and remain strong individuals. We are all capable of standing firm and expressing our own beliefs, which is why I need to tell you about someone who loves you more than you could ever imagine. He died for you on a cross over 2,000 years ago, yet was resurrected and is living today in Heaven. His name is Jesus Christ. If you don’t already know Him personally, I encourage you to find out more about the sacrifice He made for you, so that you now have the opportunity to live in eternity with Him. And we also encourage you, now that we are all ready to encounter the biggest change in our lives thus far, the transition from childhood to adulthood, to leave (our school) with confidence and integrity. Congratulations class of 2006.”
I see nothing wrong with her comments and no reason why she should not have been permitted to make them.
This is a complete abuse of her rights. The Supreme Court (erroneoulsy) decided that school initiated and sponsored prayers were a violation of the Constitution but that student initiated prayers were not.
What dumb kid?