After receiving a letter from First Liberty Institute, a non-profit legal organization dedicated to preserving religious freedom in America, the principal of Hillsdale High School in Michigan has changed her mind and says that valedictorian, Elizabeth Turner, will be allowed to reference her faith at the school’s graduation.
After reviewing Turner’s speech last week, Principal Amy Goldsmith highlighted a section where Turner discussed her personal faith and said it would not be allowed.
However, in its letter to Goldsmith, First Liberty informed the principal that she was “violating federal law, which permits private religious speech at school events, and demanding that she allow Elizabeth to reference her faith.”
First Liberty noted that such speeches do not represent the opinions of the school but rather the personal opinion of the person giving them and as such can not be censored.
First Liberty provided the section of the Turner’s speech, that Goldsmith found inappropriate:
“For me, my future hope is found in my relationship with Christ. By trusting in him and choosing to live a life dedicated to bringing his kingdom glory, I can be confident that I am living a life with purpose and meaning. My identity is found by what God says and who I want to become is laid out in scripture.”
There are two times of the year when the woke crowd particularly try to censor Christians — high school graduation speeches and Christmas when they try to stop nativity scenes appearing on government property.