Atheists' threat didn't have a prayer

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

high school graduationDespite legal threats from an atheist group, a high school valedictorian led his classmates in the Lord's Prayer at an Ohio graduation ceremony.

A choir-led version of the Lord's Prayer has been an annual tradition at East Liverpool High School.

But the tradition drew the attention of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, which threatened to sue and succeeded in getting the song dropped.

But the decision emboldened valedictorian Jonathan Montgomery, who told a CBS News affiliate that he and other students agreed to defy the atheist group.

"Because we're very strong in our faith," he said. "And we kind of came together and talked about it, and we just felt like it was something we should do."

The audience stood during the Lord's Prayer and responded with a standing ovation.

Montgomery says he hasn't received any negative comments from school officials or anyone else.

School board President Larry Walton says he's considering offering a non-denominational baccalaureate service for students next year.

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