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Notable Lawsuits Over School Prayer in Oklahoma

By    |   Friday, 12 Jun 2015 09:44 AM

The Oklahoma House of Representatives voted in 2013 to pass a bill that requires schools to start the day with a moment of silence for quiet prayer, reflection, or meditation.

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Although the U.S. Constitution’s Establishment Clause, which forbids any public institutions, including school systems, from establishing an official religion, allows schools to take such a moment of silence, not all states actively have a law requiring the practice.

Still, Oklahoma law prohibits the recitation of prayers over a school’s public announcement system, the teaching of religion as truth, and the rejection of evolution in schools.

Joann Bell and Lucille McCord, parents of children enrolled in Oklahoma public schools, filed a law suit against the Little Axe Independent School District in 1982 after they discovered that teachers has been leading school prayers in meetings before school once a week.

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The school board voted to continue the meetings in spite of several concerned parents. However, the court eventually ruled in Bell’s and McCord’s favor, asserting that these regular prayer meetings before school were unconstitutional.

In 2014 the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened to sue Kenneth Cooper Middle School in Putnam City over a portrait of children praying next to an American Flag.

The picture had been hanging in the school without controversy for 18 years but still the Freedom From Religion Foundation asserted that the picture was a violation of separation of church and state because “the meaning could not be more clear, real American children pray,” reported Koco.com of Oklahoma City.

In another similar case, Frank Makinson, Pocola school employee filed a suit against his own school district in 2006 because of prayer held at required staff meetings.

The case was settled in 2006 when Pocola Public school district agreed to discontinue prayers during staff meetings, reported OKNews.

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