LEBANON, Mo. -

Lebanon High School principal Kevin Lowery is not afraid to cause some sting.
 
Much talk about America's religious history, including the motto, "In God we Trust," at the school's graduation.  Even talk of God being quote, "reflected in the very fabric of our nation."

"Let's take a moment of silence," said Lowery at the service.

After the moment of silence, the principal goes on to explain what he did with his moment.

"I asked God to avail himself in every possible way," said Lowery.
 
"Clearly covered under the First Amendment to speak whatever he want," said historian Troy Roland.

We met up with this history buff who says regardless of your beliefs, people don't have the right *not to be offended.
 
"As a Jeffersonian would have to go back and look at Jefferson's writings when it talks about separation of church and state," said Roland.  "Clearly not in the Constitution as that but everybody touts it as.   I would encourage everybody to go back and read those first writings."
 
It's the crowd erupting in applause that Cathy Offutt finds encouraging.
 
"It does give me very much hope," said Cathy Offutt.

Most of the crowd seems to agree with her stance, but not everyone.  The speech has created a firestorm online.   An atheist college professor from Chicago is going after Lowery.. saying he's in violation of the First Amendment-- and complaining to the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
 
We tried to talk to the principal or anyone from the district about the situation, and they would not give us any comment.  We did talk to a local attorney about the situation though, and he says the public school principal, acting as an agent of the state does have to be careful.  So pushing the envelope, perhaps.  But crossing the legal line?   In lawyer Dee Wampler's opinion, no, the principal is perfectly fine.  He says as long as the principal is just holding to his own personal belief, and not adopting a district belief for the school as a whole, that is perfectly legal.

"Unless he says Lebanon High school officially recognizes Christianity or something to that extent, then that would be illegal, but that's not what occurred in this instance," said Wampler.  "So like it or not, is up to each person.  We can't have state or city churches either, but this does not establish a church."     

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But lawful or not, would be up to a judge.