God Bless the ACLU

by Karen Topakian

My hometown school committee, voted 4 to 3 to keep a prayer posted on the wall of the auditorium intact, despite its violation of the First Amendment.

The prayer, Our Heavenly Father, written by a student in the class of 1963 was a gift to the succeeding classes. I must have sat in that auditorium hundreds of times. But I have no memory of it.

According to an article in the Providence Journal, 4,000 people signed a petition to keep the prayer intact.

The ACLU received a complaint last July and gave the school committee eight months to resolve it. The Committee resolved it by deciding against removing it. Now the ACLU will file a lawsuit to have it removed.

I hate to say it but the handwriting was literally on the wall.


  1. I don’t think you “hate to say it” at all !

    Being part of a few religious and ethnic minorities and having a special fondness for atheism and atheists and agnostics, et al., I am grateful to the ACLU for this suit…

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