AP Govt.
Updated: 2/3/2020
AP Govt.
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  • Engel v. Vitale (1962)
  • is it constitutional for for state officials to compose an official school prayer and encourage its recitation in public schools.
  • requiring public school students to participate in a religious prayer is unconstitutional
  • plaintiff
  • opening the school day with a prayer violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution
  • Establishment clause was only meant to prohibit the establishment of a state-sponsored church
  • Defendant
  • plaintiff
  • Defendant
  • students were not asked to observe any specific established religion, the traditional heritage of the nation was religious, and the prayer was voluntary.
  • plaintiff
  • Majority opinion
  • Defendant
  • plaintiff
  • Dissenting opinion
  • Defendant
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