|Seniors stand to read the Lord’s Prayer at Russell County (Ky.) High School in response to a judge’s earlier ruling against a prayer that would have been prayed by a classmate they had selected. Photo courtesy of the Russell County Times-Journal/Greg Well |
RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky. (BP)--The senior chosen by her classmates to pray at a graduation ceremony said she was not surprised when one student filed a lawsuit that led to a judge telling her she could not lead the graduates in prayer.
Megan Chapman, now a graduate of Russell County High School in Russell Springs, Ky., told Baptist Press the student, who considers himself an atheist, had raised similar objections in the past, such as when the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes distributed fliers that included Bible verses.
|Megan Chapman, stopped by a judge from praying at Russell County (Ky.) High School’s graduation, nevertheless spoke about God’s importance in her life.Photo courtesy of the Russell County Times-Journal/Greg Well |
“When I was told that I couldn’t say the prayer, I never really got frustrated because we’re in the world and not everything is going to go a Christian’s way,” Chapman said. “So I was not surprised that there were problems with this, although our school is in a Christian community.”
Voluntary prayer had been a part of graduations at the school for decades without a complaint until May 16 when an anonymous graduating senior collaborated with the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky to file a lawsuit claiming he was offended by graduation prayers. Read More