Freedom of Religion

Freedom of Religion
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School Prayer

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  • Thank You Jesus for a new day
  • Let us have a blessed day
  • I ask you to-
  • Lets try praying aloud. Who wants to lead us?
  • In 1962 (Engel v. Vitale) - Supreme Court rules that requiring public school students to recite a prayer violates the establishment clause as well as requiring students to recite passages from the Bible (1963-School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania v. Schempp.)
  • In the 1963 case, the jury decided that "the place of religion in our society is an exalted one...in the relationship between man and religion, the State is firmly committed to a position of neutrality."
  • Praying in public schools is not unconstitutional, students may pray silently as much as they wish. What the Constitution forbids is the encouragement of prayer, directly or indirectly, by public school officials.
  • The Court has ruled that school-sponsored prayer at a public school graduation and student-led prayer at football games are unconstitutional.
  • Several Alabama laws authorized public schools to hold one-minute periods of silent for "meditation or voluntary prayer." However, the Court rejected its approach to return prayer to public schools.
  • Many school districts have ignored the Supreme Court's ban on school prayer and continue to allow prayer in their classrooms. •Some religious groups, esp. conservative Republicans, have pushed for a Constitutional amendment permitting prayer in school.
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