On May 24th the Montana ACLU legal director Elizabeth Griffing sent a letter to Cathy Smith, Chief Counsel for the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and to Leslie Taylor, Legal Counsel for Montana State University regarding prayers at the graduation ceremony at MSU-Northern. You can review this letter on the ACLU website as well as the “official” press release here http://www.aclumontana.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=156:denouncing-msu-northern-prayers&catid=3:rightnews
The letter states that Pastor Zerger referenced “Jesus Christ as a personal savior” a number of times during the benediction. Some professors were “particularly troubled because faculty attendance at the Graduation Ceremony is mandatory” They also pointed out that Article X, section 7 of the Montana Constitution provides that “attendance shall not be required at any religious service”
The ACLU went on to request that “a formal apology should be issued by the administration at MSU-Northern which recognizes and appreciates that the State may not sponsor religious exercises, and demonstrates a sensitivity and respect for the beliefs of people of different faiths or for people who are reasonable dissenters in participating in such an exercise.”
Should they apologize and kiss some butt? OR...... tell them to kiss my butt?