Officials at an Illinois high school recently prohibited a valedictorian from speaking about Jesus in his graduation speech.  Student Sam Blackledge, 18, told the Todd Starnes Radio Show that he was called to the principal’s office at West Prairie High School last week where it was outlined by school and district officials that he needed to take his religious references out of his speech. “They said they didn’t

want to make it a religious ceremony,” he stated. “They told me that if I took out Christ I could say everything else.”  Blackledge told the officials he wanted to speak from personal experience, but his request was denied. He was informed that his speech might come across as being an endorsement from the school district. Blackledge, therefore, offered to begin his valedictorian speech with a disclaimer. Officials said no. READ MORE