The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) demanded that East Liverpool High School stop their 70 year tradition of the choir from singing the Lord’s Prayer at graduation.
The school caved, the students didn’t! Simple!
The students began and Valedictorian Jonathan Montgomery led the entire graduating class in the Lord’s Prayer as some teachers tried hard in the background to keep a straight face.
A must see video as the entire crowd goes wild, standing to their feet and cheering, after the entire graduating class spontaneously breaks out into the Lord’s Prayer:
It is a stunning defeat for the Freedom from Religion Foundation. They spent a lot of time, effort and money for what they thought was a win. They lost! The 1st Amendment reigns!
The school had caved under threat of lawsuit.
For 70 years, the choir has sang a version of the Lord’s Prayer at every graduation.
It all started when a a parent of a student at High School contacted the FFRF following last year’s commencement, asking for help to stop the tradition.
Rather than face a lawsuit, and under extreme consternation from the bulk of the community, the school caved.
East Liverpool High School’s choir director, Lisa Ensinger, urged the board to restore the singing of the Lord’s Prayer.
She warned that if the Lord’s Prayer is not allowed, then the choir would also have to scrap other songs because they are also religious.
Cami Post, class of 2016 vice president, stated, “I know a lot of my student body was uncomfortable with it, just because it is tradition to have prayer at our school,”
“The idea of one person or 2 or 3 standing up and saying they don’t want prayer back in school or even singing or reciting is sad,” said local pastor Rodney Ohler.
School board president Larry Walton admits that they “got caught.” he said that the decision not to fight was all about economics and zilch about the rights of the students.
“We said ‘okay, we just won’t do it anymore.’ It was a decision made because we don’t have a lot of money and we’d rather hire teachers than pay lawyers,” Walton explained.
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