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Cranston removes school prayer

March 6, 2012

The prayer that caused controversy at Cranston High School West is no longer featured in the school’s auditorium. The ACLU says the school has removed the banner, which was ruled unconstitutional several months ago.

School officials are expected to reveal more details today about the future of the Cranston West prayer. Many alums and Cranston residents rallied to its defense, and several religious and secular organizations have offered to give the prayer banner a new home.

Meanwhile, the ACLU has agreed to give Cranston school officials an extension on its request for attorneys’ fees. The ACLU has asked Cranston schools to pay $173,000 to cover the cost of representing Jessica Ahlquist, the Cranston West junior who said the banner’s use of the words “Our Heavenly Father,” and “Amen” made her feel alienated.

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