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Valedictorian’s free-speech case goes to court

     Charlie Butts of OneNewsNow on 3/14/2009 reported that a student’s free-speech rights are being defended in federal court. Liberty Counsel is pursuing the case at the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. General counsel Steve Crampton is defending Colorado high school valedictorian Erica Corder. Along with 14 others, Corder was permitted to make a 30-second statement at the graduation ceremony. "And because she mentioned Jesus Christ, she was told immediately after the service that she would not be receiving her diploma along with the other students, but had to meet the principal who then required that she sign an apology, with which she did not agree, as a condition for receiving her diploma," Crampton explains. Corder wrote the apology under compulsion, and Liberty Counsel then sued the school on her behalf. Crampton says it is unconstitutional to restrict public speech, especially since it was student-initiated. Evidently, says the attorney, "there’s basically no such thing as private speech at a graduation ceremony — even for a valedictorian who earned the right to address her classmates." Crampton calls it a clear case of viewpoint discrimination. [Editor’s note: Okay, not all public schools are not like this, but many are and the whole educational establishment seems headed in this direction. And I do not think that things will get any better under an Obama administration. I certainly commend Erica, but can Christians really afford to send their children to such institutions? WSW.]


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