Praise and Prayer

Praise: After winning a hard-fought battle over an attempt to censor religious references from her speech, Shannon Wray delivered her uncut salutatorian speech during the Hollidaysburg Area High School graduation ceremony. Shannon is a dedicated Christian, and she felt that she could not give the speech without talking about how her best friend, Jesus Christ, helped her through school. The school, after reading a copy of Shannon's speech, prohibited her from making religious references in her speech. Liberty Counsel then contacted the school, and informed the school that censoring Shannon's speech of religious content violated the Establishment Clause, Free Speech Clause, and the Free Exercise of Religion Clause of the United States Constitution. On the eve of filing a Temporary Restraining Order in Federal Court against the school, the school agreed to not censor Shannon's speech.