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Supreme Court Ruling on Prayer in Public Schools: Gray Areas Remain After Rulings

By    |   Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 04:35 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on prayer in public schools have increasingly restricted this activity in American schools over the last 50 years. However, many public school districts have continued in different ways to endorse prayer in school.

Court cases brought against this practice have upheld the unconstitutional nature of teacher-led or teacher-initiated prayer, prayer at required school functions, or with school-owned equipment.

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However, according to the U.S. Department of Education, the Supreme Court rulings on prayer in public schools still allows many circumstances in which prayer is acceptable. The court deems these circumstances are part of a student’s right to the free expression of their religion: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2003/02/28/03-4693/guidance-on-constitutionally-protected-prayer-in-public-elementary-and-secondary-schools#h-14

Prayer during non-instructional time: Students are allowed to read their Bible or other scriptures, pray, or even have devotionals with other students during recess, over lunch, or in other non-instructional time periods, such as those that might be used for other non-instructional activities like clubs.

Prayer groups and activities: Religious activities including prayer or organizations which include religious expressions like prayer are allowed to the same extent that other non-religious organizations would be allowed. These groups must be given equal access to school facilities and must also be allowed to publicize their activities.

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Teacher and school administrators cannot discourage prayer: School employees cannot participate with students in prayer during instructional time or in their official capacity, but they also cannot actively discourage students from praying. They can pray with students after or before school or over lunch if the activity is not connected with their official role as a teacher or administrator, and if they would spend similar time doing non-religious activities with students.

Moments of silence: The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on prayer in public schools affirmed in the 1985 case Wallace v. Jaffree that moments of silence were permissible in schools. Students are welcome to pray during these school sponsored moments of silence.

Prayer during school: If school hours present a burden on the student’s ability to exercise their religion, students may be released from school in order to perform their prayer duties.

Prayer in school assignments: A student can use prayer as a part of a school assignment if appropriate.

Prayer at graduation and other school events: While a school cannot choose a speaker with the express purpose or request to pray, a speaker can choose to pray of their own will.

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