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Group revives effort to re-open prayer banner case

May 14, 2012

Looks like the legal wrangling continues over the prayer banner at Cranston High School West.

Several graduates have filed a notice of their intention to appeal a ruling preventing them from intervening in the case. According to the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the notice was filed last week.

A judge ruled the banner to be a violation of the constitutional separation of church and state and ordered it removed. When school officials voted not to pursue the case further, a group including several alums and a North Providence resident tried to intervene.

The judge said the group did not have legal standing in the case, which was originally brought by an atheist high school student.

The banner has been placed in an undisclosed location while Cranston school officials decide what to do with it. The School Committee voted not to pursue its bid to keep the banner, which contained the words “Amen” and “Our Heavenly Father.”

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