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Prayer Censored From Graduation Remarks

Moriah Bridges of Pennsylvania’s Beaver High School was looking forward to praying for her classmates as part of her June 2 closing exercise at her high school graduation. But the Beaver Area School District would not allow it because the young student wanted to make references to God, Lord, and Jesus in her prayer. The district considered her statement unlawful and unconstitutional, and the school principal sent her a letter explaining the decision only days before her graduation.

Said Bridges, “I was shocked that the school said my personal remarks broke the law and I was saddened that I could not draw upon my Christian identity to express my best wishes for my classmates on what should’ve been the happiest day of high school.”

Bridges abided by the decision but contacted First Liberty Institute, which handles First Amendment cases. Attorney Jeremy Dys is hoping to meet with school officials soon to address this action that he states “fails the test of the First Amendment, but so far none have responded.

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Religious Leaders and Political Affiliation

A new study by a Yale and Harvard research team reported in The New York Times shows how politically divided America’s pastors really are.

The study looks at the registered political affiliations of everyone from evangelical pastors to Jewish rabbis to Unitarian ministers to priests. Pastors of Foursquare, Assemblies of God, Pentecostal, Southern Baptist, Church of God, and Church of Christ churches tend to be Republican according to the study, while leaders of Jewish, Episcopal, and Presbyterian congregations tend to be Democrat. Those leading Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Greek Orthodox congregations are more of a mixed group.

Most religious leaders identified in the study are of a median age of 57 and are male with the exception of the Unitarian church, which has mostly female leaders.

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