DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled the Woodbine High School choir cannot sing "The Lord's Prayer" at graduation ceremonies because the tradition violates the separation of church and state.
"Our Constitution prohibits state-compelled religious conformance," U.S. District Judge Charles Wolle said in a written opinion last week.
The Iowa Civil Liberties Union sued the school district on behalf of Ruby Skarin, who sang with the choir, and her twin brother Donovan. The siblings are sophomores at Woodbine and come from an atheist family.
Choir director Jo Schmitz had said the Skarins could have made up the required performance with an alternate activity, but Wolle said that would not change his ruling.
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