Earlier this week, we reported on Americans United for Separation of Church and State's lawsuit against Medina Valley Independent School District over the inclusion of a prayer in an upcoming graduation ceremony. Yesterday, a federal judge ruled in favor of the separatist group, stripping the school of the right to include any student-led prayer whatsoever.
The judge claimed that the individuals opposed to the prayer -- a young student and his family -- will “suffer irreparable harm” if prayers are uttered during the ceremony. FOX News radio has more:
A federal judge has ordered a Texas school district to prohibit public prayer at a high school graduation ceremony. Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery’s order against the Medina Valley Independent School District also forbids students from using specific religious words including “prayer” and “amen.”...
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said the school district is in the process of appealing the ruling and his office has agreed to file a brief in their support.
“Part of this goes to the very heart of the unraveling of moral values in this country,” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott told Fox News Radio, saying the judge wanted to turn school administrators into “speech police.”
Below, WOAI-TV discusses Abbots plans to back the school district in this intriguing legal battle:
The valedictorian plans to fight the judge's ruling as well. Do you think student-led prayer should be allowed during graduation ceremonies? Is the judge right or wrong on this one? Let us know where you stand.