Texas AG Backing School's Appeal Of Prayer Ban

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is helping a South Texas school district appeal a federal judge's ruling that would ban public prayer at a high school graduation this weekend.

Abbott said Wednesday his office would file a brief with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the Medina Valley High School. A federal judge this week granted an order forbidding public prayer at Saturday's ceremony after a lawsuit was filed by the agnostic parents of a graduating senior.

Abbott said the suit goes to the "unraveling of moral values in this country today." The school district planned to file the appeal Thursday, and a ruling is expected quickly.

The ban precludes speakers from asking audience members to bow their heads, join in prayer or say "amen."