All rise! This Supreme Court is now in session with the case of Engel v. Vitale.
The issue on the table: does he recitation of a prayer in public schools violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment? You may begin gentlemen.
Yes your honor. First, my client Mr. Engel argues that School-sponsored prayer violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment as applied to the states. The federal gov cannot favor one religion over all others, and it is forcing a belief in organized religion.
Well, my client Mr. Vitale argues that prayer safeguards the religious heritage of the nation. Prayer is non-denominational and does not imply preference of any one religion over others. It is voluntary, not mandatory.
After debating, the justices have made their decision. Majority opinion is that requiring public school students to participate in a religious prayer is unconstitutional.
Furthermore, the dissenting opinion is that the establishment clause was only meant to prohibit the establishment of a state-sponsored church. Case dismissed.