No Graduation Prayers

Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 9:33am

Texas judge bans prayer at high school graduation.

A judge has banned prayer at a high school graduation ceremony following a lawsuit filed by two agnostic parents.

A U.S. District federal judge in San Antonio made the ruling Tuesday.

The ruling sent ripples around the state this graduation season, even though it only applies to one school.

"School children that participate in the ceremony are not going to be prohibited from saying things about their personal faith that are important, so that the decision apparently is focused entirely on the official program of the school's commencement," says William Lawrence, dean of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.

He says that ruling likely won't have any effect on other graduations in north Texas.

"As far as I know the judge's position only applied to this specific case and this specific school district that it was not written to have implications for other districts," he says.

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