For over fifty years, Americans have been both confused, and divided about the issue of whether children can pray in school. The most common question has become, “What are student’s rights regarding whether they can or cannot pray in school?”. Or has this become another taboo.
Interestingly, Congress never passed any law prohibiting prayer or the freedom of religion as outlined in the U.S. Constitution (First Amendment). “Congress shall make no law establishing a religion or denying the FREE EXERCISE THEREOF.”
The U.S. Supreme Court rulings and media reporting has subsequently confused school administrators, students, and the public. The Supreme Court itself does not make law, and has never ruled to limit prayer in school by students, or anyone in school. According to Brad Dacus, President of the Pacific Justice Institute, some cases such as Engel Vs. Vitale 370 U.S. 421, “implied and ruled that teachers/administrators may not lead, course, or force students to pray.” It has nothing to do with free speech, or individual/group prayer lead by students.
In fact, both students and teachers are welcome to pray at their desk, with friends, coworkers, classmates, and during free time providing that it is not disruptive to normal class or school activities.
Dacus cites that a rowing coalition of American citizens, leaders, historians, educators, celebrities, government officials, children’s advocates and media moguls are teaming up to remind all Americans and especially students that it is legal to pray in school. This back to school TRUTH campaign is endorsed by many not for profit organizations, legal teams and parent and student groups.”
Bill Federer, who is the American historian and president of Ameisearch and American Minute says, “President Ronald Reagan said the constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying, its declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray.”
This group is championing the back to school truth campaign, which initiates August 13. It encourages people to post, tweet, email, text and share the “It is Legal to Pray in School” slogan and logo everywhere.
Copyright free artwork for the campaign is available at the webpage: www.LegaltoPray.com
Twitter: #ItIsLegalToPrayInSchool or #LegalToPray or #PrayInSchool
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