Religious law and school prayer
Religion and prayer in U.S.
public schools, libraries, etc.
|"Americans are being denied the right to express their religious speech
in the public square." Ralph Reed, Christian Coalition.|
|"Public schools can neither foster religion
nor preclude it. Our public schools must treat religion with fairness
and respect and vigorously protect religious expression as well as the
freedom of conscience of all other students. In so doing our public
schools reaffirm the First Amendment and enrich the lives of their
students". Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley June 1998|
|"A Congress that allows God to be banned from our schools
while our schools can teach about cults, Hitler and even devil worship
is wrong, out of touch, and needs some common sense." Rep.
James Traficant, (D-OH) 1999-APR-27.|
|"There is no such source and cause of strife, quarrel,
malignant opposition, persecution, and war, and all evil in the state, as religion. Let it
once enter our civil affairs, our government would soon be destroyed. Let it once enter
our common schools, they would be destroyed." Supreme Court of
Wisconsin, Weiss v. District Board, 1890-MAR-18.|
|"A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and
Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black,
Engel v. Vitale,
|"School sponsorship of a religious message is impermissible because
it sends the ancillary message to members of the audience who are
nonadherents that they are outsiders, not full members of the political
community, and an accompanying message to adherents that they are
insiders, favored members of the political community. "
U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Santa Fe v. Doe, (2000).|
Sources of additional information:
- Religion Today news summary, 1999-MAR-19.
- ACLU Newsfeed, 1999-NOV-5.
- Rutherford Institute has a web page at: http://www.rutherford.org/
- Natural Prayer Project is available at:
- Dave Clark, "Dallas schools attempt church ouster," at: http://www.family.org/cforum/fnif/news/A0013582.html
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Last updated 2014-SEP-28
Author: B.A. Robinson