Not allowed to worship God in schools in America?
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September 22nd, 2012, 08:08 AM
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Praying in school isn't an issue. At all. This is the relevant court case:
Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe (2000)
Students may not use a school's loudspeaker system to offer student-led, student-initiated prayer.
Before football games, members of the student body of a Texas high school elected one of their classmates to address the players and spectators. These addresses were conducted over the school's loudspeakers and usually involved a prayer. Attendance at these events was voluntary. Three students sued the school arguing that the prayers violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. A majority of the Court rejected the school's argument that since the prayer was student initiated and student led, as opposed to officially sponsored by the school, it did not violate the First Amendment. The Court held that this action did constitute school-sponsored prayer because the loudspeakers that the students used for their invocations were owned by the school.
You are perfectly free to pray in school, bring your Bible to school, make a school religion club. What you're not allowed to do is lead a stadium of people who may or may not be religious in a religious prayer, when they're attending for a sporting event.
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