The Lord's Prayer cannot be sung at Woodbine High School graduation ceremonies on May 19, a federal judge has ruled.
The 30-year tradition is a violation of the First Amendment, whether or not most Woodbine students, choir members and parents want it, U.S. District Judge Charles Wolle said May 10 in a six-page written opinion.
"Our Constitution prohibits state-compelled religious conformance," Wolle wrote. The ruling bans the choir from singing the Lord's Prayer at graduation ceremonies or rehearsing the song for graduation ceremonies, as long as Ruby Skarin and her twin brother, Donovan, are students at Woodbine High School.
The Iowa Civil Liberties Union sued the school district on behalf of the Skarins, who are sophomores at Woodbine and come from an atheist family.