A student who objected to prayer being part of Bastrop High School's 2011 graduation ceremonies enlisted the help of the American Civil Liberties Union. However, another student whose role was to call for a moment of silence during Friday's ceremony led the audience in prayer despite the ACLU objections.
The News-Star of Monroe said the ACLU had urged Bastrop Principal Stacey Pullen to ensure that prayer not be on the program.
But senior Laci Rae Mattice, when it came time for the moment of silence, drew cheers and applause when she said, "I want to ask for the Lord's blessings upon us."
She then led the audience in the Lord's Prayer, "if they wanted to."
Pullen said Mattice had been instructed not to mention religion and only observe a moment of silence. It was unclear if the prayer would result in any legal action.
Morehouse Parish Superintendent Tom Thrower, who attended the event, had little to say on the matter.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Remember, the prohibition of religion is NOT freedom of religion!
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