Oh, Those Opinionated Valedictorians

My Belgrade News column.

It's about the Montana Supreme Court's recent 5-1 ruling that involved a Butte (MT) high school student named Renee Griffith. The Big Sky supremes decided (correctly, IMO) that her First Amendment rights were violated when she was not allowed to say "Christ and His joy" and "God" at a commencement speech.

I also mention, in the piece, the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg whose 1975 valedictory address, in Fitchburg, MA., caused a stir. Coincidentally, Mr. Sprigg went to high school with my hubby. Here is a well-written editorial about his speech.

Update: Another version of Renee's case who I learned is an undergrad at Evangel College in Missouri.

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