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Father Of Falsehoods: Why Ted Cruz’s Dad Is Wrong About Prayer In Schools

Many misconceptions abound about the issue of prayer in schools, and some people persist in believing a lot of myths. One of the most common is that children all over America prayed in public schools until 1962 when the U.S. Supreme Court made them stop.

The issue arose recently because Rafael Cruz, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s father, told the Austin American-Statesman, “Prior to 1962, everybody prayed before school started. In 1962, the Supreme Court banned prayer. In 1963, they banned the Bible from school. Prior to that, the Bible was the principal textbook in all schools.” Read more

No More ‘Jesus Pizza:’ Court Tells Colo. Cowboy Church To Hit The Trail

The Cowboy Church of the Crossroads may no longer meet in a public high school, according to the terms of a new settlement. ABC 7 reports that a federal court issued a consent decree that requires Florence, Co.,-based church to find a new home.

The settlement ends a legal battle between the Fremont RE-2 School District and a former teacher over Florence High School’s alleged promotion of the church. Read more

Groups Say First Amendment Does Not Permit Texas Public School Cheerleaders To Display Religious Signs

Texas Supreme Court Should Prohibit On-Field Bible Banners, Watchdog Organizations Say

A Texas public school should be required to prevent cheerleaders from displaying large banners with Bible verses on the field during football games, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies have advised a state court.
 
In a friend-of-the-court brief filed yesterday in Matthews v.

‘Jesus Pizza’: Lawsuit Claims That A Colo. Public High School Promotes A Local Church To Students

A Colorado public high school is being operated like a private Christian institution, according to a new lawsuit by a former teacher. Robert Basevitz, a special education teacher, has filed suit against the Fremont RE-2 School District, its superintendent and the principal of Florence High School. Read more

Dreaming Of Dr. King: Religious Right Attempts To Co-Opt Legacy Of Slain Civil Rights Leader

As years pass, historical figures start to get a little fuzzy around the edges. This is especially true of those men and women who loom large over public consciousness. Activist groups, eager to co-opt these important historical personages, start subtly rewriting history. Read more

Slowly Back Away From The Microphone: Wash. Student Penalized For Disruptions, Not Preaching

A high school student has filed suit against the Everett, Wash., school district, claiming that the administrators of Everett High School unfairly suspended for proselytizing to his classmates. Michael Leal has retained the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), a Religious Right legal outfit, to defend his case.
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Praying For Common Sense: Many People Of Faith Support Secular Public Schools, Too

A recent Christianity Today column provides an evangelical argument for keeping public schools secular.

Author Caryn Rivadeneira, who identifies herself as a devout Christian, objects to the idea that public schools are devoid of prayer, and of God Himself. She argues that for believers, God is present everywhere. Read more

The Pluck Of The Irish: A St. Patrick’s Day Tale About School Prayer

The role of prayer in public schools has vexed the American people for a long time. Much misinformation circulates about what students can and can’t do when it comes to religion in schools.

Occasionally, Americans United Executive Director Barry Lynn or I are asked to discuss this issue on talk radio. Inevitably, someone will phone in and ask, “What’s the harm in a little prayer?” Read more

Religious Freedom For All: Another Dream Of Dr. Martin Luther King

Note: Today is the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. This blog post is a re-publication on an item that originally appeared on Jan. 13, 2006.

Today marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King's memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.

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