Santa Fe v. Doe (2)

Santa Fe v. Doe (2)

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  • The Santa Fe Public School District students may continue to conduct only nonsectarian, nonproselytizing prayer.
  • I still think there shouldn't be any prayer happening at this school at all!
  • Yeah? Well I think we should be able to celebrate Christianity like we have done in Texas for years!
  • The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  •  Any football prayer is unconstitutional, as a violation of the Establishment Clause.
  • Supreme Court 2000
  • In the case of Santa Fe v. Doe,  the court rules 6-3 that the District's policy permitting student-led, student-initiated prayer at football games violates the Establishment Clause.
  • Majority opinion by Justice Stevens
  • "The delivery of such a message—over the school’s public address system, by a speaker representing the student body, under the supervision of school faculty, and pursuant to a school policy that explicitly and implicitly encourages public prayer—is not properly characterized as “private” speech."
  • Dissenting opinion by Justice Rehnquist
  • "Neither the holding nor the tone of the opinion is faithful to the meaning of the Establishment Clause, when it is recalled that George Washington himself, at the request of the very Congress which passed the Bill of Rights, proclaimed a day or 'public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God."
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