Of course I equate the power of government to force prayer at a graduation to the power some people would claim for government to stop others from building a perfectly legal community center [the Ground Zero victory mosque].
A government forcing prayer? What type of De Sitter universe to you inhabit, John? This is NOT about governments enforcing prayer - BUT BANNING them from a public place. This is about religious intolerance on the the part of non-believing materialist/Atheist PARENTS "forcing" their monistic view on the graduating class of a an American HS with the help of the judiciary. What is that view? That Prayers are harmful to children... This is Mike's original objection and one you have completely failed (avoided) in addressing. [my emphasis]
crusadeREX nails it. No one is harmed by prayer. No one is forced to pray. No one is forced to listen to prayer. The only force involved in judicial censorship of prayer at high school graduations is judicial force called down on the kids by atheists forcing their monistic view on the graduating class of a an American HS with the help of the judiciary.
The atheist kid at the graduation was utterly unforced. He did not have to listen, or pray, or participate in any way if he chose not to.
The kids and school personnel at the atheist-molested high school were threatened with detention, suspension, expulsion, revocation of degree, arrest, fine, and imprisonment for praying or even speaking in a manner not approved beforehand by the federal judge.
Whose Constitutional rights were violated?