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Indiana School Not Canceling Graduation Prayer Without Judge Order

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FoxNews: A central Indiana district isn't calling off a planned high school graduation prayer unless a federal judge orders it.

Greenwood School Board president Joe Farley says the district wants the judge to decide the merits of a lawsuit filed by the school's top-ranked senior.

Greenwood High School student Eric Workman is asking a federal judge to stop a student-led prayer that the senior class voted to approve.

The lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on the 18-year-old's behalf claims that the prayer and class vote unconstitutionally subject students to religious practice.

The school district has until April 16 to respond to the lawsuit, and a court hearing is scheduled for April 30. The district's attorneys didn't immediately return telephone messages seeking comment Friday.

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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
Atheist Mommy April 3, 2010, 8:42 AM

Prayers should not be allowed at public schools period!

Renae April 3, 2010, 3:54 PM

I second that. Prayer should not be allowed in public schools.

Wendi April 3, 2010, 10:13 PM

Freedom of speech and religion. No one is forcing you to believe anything or pray with, its not like it is going to hurt you to wait for a simple prayer. Out country was founded on this, let these young adults thank God for helping see their dreams and finishing high school. Kudos to them for doing that when a good portion of the kids in the US do not finish high school. No need to cause problems for them.

Erom April 3, 2010, 11:07 PM

Good grief, no one is forcing someone to believe, and hearing a prayer doesn’t make someone believe a religion… respect tradition.

agnostic mommy April 4, 2010, 3:57 AM

this is a tradition that has no business being respected in any public school. ever. your god is not my god, and standing idle while you all pray to your diety is offensive to non-believers and believers of other religions. our nation is a secular one, regardless of our roots. it is wrong to allow christian rituals such as this in schools, especially when we do not balance this “respect” with even a rudimentary education on the various religions of humanity in public schools. christians can’t have it both ways - they won’t allow any other religion to be represented but their own, and they expect everyone to show them tolerance.

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