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College demands student remove Jesus, Bible references from graduation speech. Then she fights back. by Dave Urbanski

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Colorado Mesa University officials demanded that a student get rid of references to Jesus and the Bible in her graduation speech to fellow nursing students — that is, until she got a Christian legal firm involved, the Daily Sentinel reported.

How did this all start?

Karissa Erickson’s classmates chose her to speak at a pinning ceremony — which takes place Friday and is a separate graduation ceremony for the nursing program at the Grand Junction college, the paper said.

But then CMU nursing faculty reviewed Erickson’s speech and took issue with a few of its words, according to a May 4 letter Alliance Defending Freedom sent to the school.

Seems Erickson shared a story about overcoming adversity and then noted, “God always has a purpose.” She followed that up with, “I find comfort in Jesus’ words, and I pass them on to you. John 16:33. ‘These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take comfort, I have overcome the world.’”

How did the school react to the Jesus and Bible references?

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