Another graduation prayer, another investigation

Associated Press smallHAVRE, MT – The ACLU of Montana is asking the state Board of Regents to investigate whether the invocation and benediction given during the Montana State University-Northern graduation ceremony unconstitutionally promoted Christianity.

Betsy Griffing, the group’s legal director, said it received complaints from faculty members that Pastor Tim Zerger of the Community Alliance Church repeatedly referred to Jesus as a personal savior during the graduation on May 8.

Zerger said Wednesday that he had not seen the ACLU complaint, but acknowledged that as a Christian minister, his invocation and benediction were Christian prayers.
Leslie Taylor, chief legal counsel for Montana State University in Bozeman, said campus administrators are looking into the issue.


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