A conservative legal firm is accusing a Pennsylvania school district of “forcing a student to alter her personal graduation remarks to remove any religious viewpoint” — something that the First Liberty Institute said is a violation of the Constitution. The law firm sent a letter to Beaver Area School District in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, detailing purported grievances over a recent commencement speech by a graduate named Moriah Bridges.
Bridges, who was senior class president at Beaver High School, was reportedly asked to offer the closing exercise during her June 2 commencement. But according to First Liberty, Superintendent Dr. Carrie Rowe forced her to “remove all religious references” from the text of her address, including a sectarian prayer. A rough version of the contents of the students speech was shared with Faithwire on Tuesday: READ MORE