Lariat: Why oppose the prayer practice?
Karla Westphal: The district has no authority to speak about religion. It is illegal for them to assert a religious identity for the community. It makes me feel like I am an outsider.
L: How has not attending the scholarship?
KW: Every year I have known several students who have received a scholarship. If I would have stayed and kept attending then I would have been able to volunteer to hand out the scholarships myself.
L: Are you confident in your case?
L: Why is this case important to you?
KW: I think freedom of conscience is inherently important. Government officials should not
impose religious practice.
L: What previous steps have you taken to remove official invocations?
KW: I have repeatedly spoken to the bored and asked them to replace praper with a moment of silence. I have written to the president, chancellor, and trustees.
L: What brought about the lawsuit?
KW: There was no one event that triggered the lawsuit.