Religion in Schools

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I am tired of listening and being a participant of something that is against who I am. I should not have to be part of this, especially when I am just trying to attend school or a school activity. A student delivered a prayer, who was a Christian, before each home varsity football game. One Mormon and one Catholic family filed suit challenging this, under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The District Court enjoined the District from implementing its policy as it stood. While the suit was pending, the District adopted a new policy, which permitted student-led prayer at all the home games. The Court of Appeals held that the football prayer policy was invalid. The District petitioned for a writ of certiorari, claiming its policy did not violate the Establishment Clause because the football game messages were just a student speech. (Justice John Paul Stevens)

I think that no one should be able to publicly say things that are against different religions at school or school events.

It is wrong for people to preach their own opinion of religion at schools in front of students who are just trying to participate in a class.

A federal judge ruled that a public high school history teacher violated the Establishment Clause when he called creationism "superstitious nonsense" during a classroom lesson. A District Judge named James Selna ruled a lawsuit from student Chad Farnan, saying that his teacher, James Corbett, violated the establishment clause of the First Amendment by making comments in class that were opposed to Christian beliefs. The lawsuit cited more than 20 statements made by James Corbett during one day of class, which Chad Farnan recorded. The statements he recorded were to support the teaching method that...

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... do not believe in.

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