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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Lee v. Weisman

Volume 4 . Chapter 12 . § 12-13

Lee v. Weisman59 § 12-13

For many years it was the policy of the Providence (Rhode Island) School Committee and the Superintendent of Schools to permit principals to invite members of the clergy to give invocations and benedictions at middle school and high school graduations. Many, but not all, of the principals elected to include prayers as part of the graduation ceremonies. A student and her father objected to any prayers at the student's graduation, but to no avail. The school principal invited a rabbi to deliver prayers at the student's graduation exercises. The principal provided the rabbi with a pamphlet entitled "Guidelines for Civic Occasions," prepared by the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and advised him that the invocation ...

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