Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday criticized a federal judge’s decision to ban prayer from a high school graduation ceremony, calling the ruling “reprehensible.”

U.S. District Judge Fred Biery ruled on Tuesday that the Medina Valley School District’s graduation ceremonies cannot have an invocation or benediction. Also, while individuals can express their religious beliefs, they are prohibited from calling the crowd to pray or deliver a message that can be considered a prayer.

Perry and opponents of the judge’s ruling argue that the ban violates students’ First Amendment rights to freely express their religious beliefs. The Texas governor even pointed out that the U.S. Supreme Court has maintained that the U.S. Congress can begin every day with prayer.

The Texas governor appears to be a fan of prayer. He declared a statewide three-day period of prayer for rain in April when major wildfire threatened thousands of homes and consumed millions of acres of land following severe drought.

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