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GREAT FALLS - Montana State University's lawyer says MSU-Northern officials don't have to apologize for inviting a Christian pastor to give the invocation and benediction at the school's graduation in May.

The ACLU of Montana had filed a complaint and asked for an apology after some faculty members said Pastor Tim Zerger of the Community Alliance Church proselytized during the May 8 ceremony. They say Zerger repeatedly referred to Jesus as a personal savior.

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Leslie Taylor, chief legal counsel for MSU, says in her response to the ACLU that university officials had no intention of endorsing religion when they invited Zerger to speak.

ACLU communications director Amy Cannata says the university's position is unfortunate but the group won't pursue the issue in court.

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