Another military tradition has been demolished by the courts. This one is a prayer spoken at mealtimes at Virginia Military Institute. The prayer reads, “Now, O God, we receive this food and share this meal together with thanksgiving. Amen.” Two students there asked for the prayer ceremony to be changed, and VMI refused. The cadets sued, and a lower court ruled in favour of the them. VMI appealed to the Supreme Court, which by refusing to hear the case, has left the lower court ruling in place. Incidentally, this is the second time a VMI tradition has been blown away by the Supreme Court. In 1996, it ruled that VMI must allow female enrollment.