Engle v. Vitale

Engle v. Vitale

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  • New York State law: Public Schools begin each day with the Pledge of Allegiance and a nondenominational prayer
  • Engle v. Vitale 1962
  • Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon thee
  • I pledge allegiance to the flag
  • At least I'm not forced to participate in the pledge/prayer
  • New York- Herricks School District
  • This law violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment
  • NO
  • Yes
  • In a 6-1 ruling it was decided that nondenominational prayer violates the Establishment Clause because even though students didn't have to participate, the government is still interfering with religion
  • Yes
  • Warren Court
  • Engel v Vitale was the first of many cases where the Establishment Clause was used to eliminate religious activities. Other cases include: Wallace v Jaffree, Lee v Weisman, and Santa Fe v Doe
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