When students at East Liverpool High School in Ohio learned that a 70-year-old tradition was about to be broken, they resisted and pushed back. Every year at graduation since the 1940s, the school’s choir has sung the Lord’s Prayer at graduation.
When the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened a lawsuit, the school administrators chickened out. But that’s when the students stood up to their anti-Christian oppressors.
The Wisconsin group sent a letter to the school citing that there should be a separation from church and state. They demanded that the choir quit singing the Christian prayer at the public school’s graduation.
The school board didn’t want to face the lawsuit and decided to cancel their prayer. It would have been too expensive for them to win the court battle.
“We said ‘okay, we just won’t do it anymore,” school board president Larry Walton said. “It was a decision made because we don’t have a lot of money and we’d rather hire teachers than pay lawyers. It’s a war we can’t win.”
But Walton didn’t realize that the war was only getting started. Although the FFRF had won the first battle, the 2016 class Vice President Cami Post organized the unhappy student body into a coalition for freedom.
“I know a lot of my student body was uncomfortable with it, just because it is tradition to have prayer at our school,” Post said.
“We’re really big at traditions at this school and I think it would’ve been nice to have the same as my brother had whenever he graduated”
Post and the entire class proved their religious freedom wouldn’t be denied. At graduation, Valedictorian Jonathan Montgomery took the stage and raised his hands.
When he did, the entire graduating class stood and recited the Lord’s Prayer together, as one.
Although the students may have won this battle, FFRF probably won’t stop pestering them to stop.
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