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Prayer in Schools: 5 Times Parents Made Headlines

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By    |   Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 05:42 PM

Parents are often on the front lines in ongoing battles over prayer in schools. Here are five times when parents made headlines in issues regarding prayer in schools.

Anthony Giannino pulled his son out of a Boston-area elementary school in October because a textbook included the Muslim call to prayer, according to WHDH-TV.

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"No religion should be taught at school. In their paper it says Allah is their only God. That's insulting to me as a Christian who believes in just Jesus only," Giannino said.
The superintendent explained in a letter to parents that the content is part of a history lesson and not intended to promote any religion.

Scott and Sharon Lane, parents of a Buddhist child in Louisiana drew attention in January with a complaint filed on their behalf by the American Civil Liberties Union against the Sabine Parish School Board. The lawsuit claimed “comically unconstitutional actions,” including that school officials harassed the sixth-grader for not following Christianity and regularly included Christian prayer in school, according to The Daily Caller.

A federal court ruled in March
that the district must refrain from unconstitutionally promoting or denigrating religion and mandated in-service training regarding the First Amendment for staff.

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Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a lawsuit on behalf of Christa and Danny Schultz to prevent student-led prayers at a high-school graduation ceremony in Medina Valley School District in Castroville, Texas, according to Fox News.

A federal judge ruled that the prayers violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. An appeals court overturned the decision and the prayers were allowed to go forward. An amended complaint was filed and a settlement was reached in 2012.

Parents of a kindergartener at Lakeview Elementary School in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee pulled their son out of school in 2006 because they feared religious proselytizing by a group of parents that met at the school cafeteria monthly to pray for the school, its students and faculty, according to the First Amendment Center. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee filed a lawsuit against the school.

Cheryl Broadus sued the Saratoga Springs school district in 2002 after a teacher told her kindergarten daughter Kayla that she couldn’t ask her friends to join her in praying before they ate, according to the Glens Falls Post-Star.

A settlement was reached allowing the girl to pray aloud as long as she doesn’t invite others to join her, The Associated Press reported.


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