Monday, June 12, 2006


A Colorado high school is in a tizzy over a graduate who slipped Jesus into her commencement speech:
A high school graduate who used her commencement speech to urge families to learn about Jesus Christ has acknowledged said she did not tell school officials she planned to make the remarks.

Lewis-Palmer High School officials asked Erica Corder to tell the parents of other students that educators did not condone her remarks at the May 25 commencement. School officials said that would have been a violation of the Constitution.

In her part of the valedictorian speech, the 18-year-old Corder said, "If you don't already know (Jesus) personally, I encourage you to find out more about the sacrifice he made for you."

Corder said she planned the remarks for months but did not tell school officials or the other 14 speakers, who had cooperated on drawing up a speech and who each took a part in presenting it. Corder went last.

Corder did not include her comments about Jesus when they rehearsed in front of Principal Mark Brewer.

In an e-mail to parents, Corder said she may have offended some people but did not intend to.

She said she was sorry she had not told the principal or other speakers of her plans, but she did not apologize for what she said.

Against the Constitution? I suppose that would be the "no high school shall allow a student to mention Jesus" clause.

Well, good for her. Fight the power, baby!

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