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Singing the Lord’s Prayer at graduation ceremonies is a 70-plus-year-old tradition at East Liverpool High School in Ohio.
But this year the Wisconsin-based Freedom Foundation for Separation of Church and State learned of the practice and rattled its saber. In order to avoid a costly legal battle, the school board decided to remove it from the program, according to WTOV News9.
But no one asked the graduates for their opinion. They went ahead and did it anyway.
When Valedictorian Jonathan Montgomery took the podium, the graduates rose and he led them in reciting the Lord’s Prayer.
And that act of defiance earned the graduates a standing ovation.
— WTOV NEWS9 (@WTOV9) May 22, 2016
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Clip via WTOV News 9.
And what did social media think of this? Here are a few examples:
@WTOV9 This is the kind of stuff we need to share on SM!
— teresa hairston (@thairston77) May 25, 2016
@WTOV9 good for them! This makes me smile
— Cade Montgomery (@cademonty58) May 22, 2016
@WTOV9 There are religious groups with attorneys who will do these cases pro bono. People being hustled by atheists never look into options.
— Brian Moffat (@Consrvtve) May 22, 2016
@WTOV9 I applaud them for taking that stand
— K-Dubz (K.Wright) (@MyBallzerHarry) May 22, 2016
@WTOV9 @EASTLIVERPOOLHIGH ROCK ON AN GOD WILL BLESS EVERYONE OF THEM !!
— WILDMAN (@365REBEL365) May 25, 2016
@WTOV9 Bravo Senior Class for Rightfully Defying Tyrants who dared to take away Your Freedom of Speech. We Are Still A Christian Nation!!
— Alisa N (@coyotegirl1234) May 25, 2016
If nothing else, the East Liverpool High School class of 2016 know one basic lesson in life: The only way to defeat a bully is to stand up to him.
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