On Wednesday afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Lagueux ruled that the "school prayer" painted on a wall of the Cranston High School West auditorium , finding that the prayer mural violates a 1962 Supreme Court decision banning prayer in public schools.
The decision — and the public discussion leading up to it — has been a flashpoint for debate over the separation of church and state, and the "historical" value of the prayer mural, which Lagueux noted was affixed to the wall in 1963.
"No amount of debate can make the School Prayer anything other than a prayer, and a Christian one at that," Lagueux added.
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