Nursing Student Can Quote Bible in Graduation Speech

Nursing student Karissa Erickson’s graduation speech almost got censored by a Colorado Mesa University faculty member because of fears that her mention of God and a Bible verse might offend someone.

Fortunately, Erickson took steps to protect her First Amendment freedom by contacting Alliance Defending Freedom, and ADF schooled CMU about this important constitutional protection. The university quickly sought to make amends.

College spokeswoman Dana Nunn said, “It was a well-intentioned and honest error but an error nonetheless. As soon as the error came to our attention, we did our best to correct it.”

ADF’s Travis Barham emphasized the importance of standing our ground on these issues: “[I]t’s an important lesson to all of us that just because we have religious freedom doesn’t mean we won’t have to fight to exercise it.”

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