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Atheist complaint leads to cancellation of Ohio school’s longstanding graduation tradition

Students, parents and teachers in East Liverpool, Ohio, are upset over a decision by the local school board to curtail future performances of a song that has been a part of graduation day in the community for nearly seven decades.

Following a complaint by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, the district opted to give in to the activist group by omitting a musical rendition of ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ from the local high school’s upcoming graduation.

Lisa Ensinger, a graduate of East Liverpool High School who returned after school to become its choir director, was an outspoken opponent of the district’s decision.

“It breaks my heart,” she declared. “Our students are really sad. Not only is it important to me because of my own faith, it’s important to me as an educator.”


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