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Perry on judge banning prayer at TX graduation

Released by the Office of the Governor of Texas:

AUSTIN, TX (KLTV) - Gov. Rick Perry today made the following statement in response to a federal judge ordering a Texas school district to prohibit public prayer at a high school graduation ceremony:

"This reprehensible action taken by a federal judge underscores the increasingly inappropriate federal encroachment into the lives of Americans by unconstitutionally banning prayer at a Texas high school graduation. The First Amendment prohibits governments from interfering with Americans' rights to freely express their religious beliefs, and accordingly the U.S. Supreme Court has maintained that Congress may convene every day with a prayer. I fully support Attorney General Abbott's efforts to defend the right to pray, and Texas will continue to stand behind all those who wish to pray in our state."

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