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Public School Proselytizing Prohibited: Federal Appeals Court Rejects New Prayer Scheme

Some people who advocate coercive school prayer are relentless. They’re always coming up with a new scheme to impose their preferred form of worship onto impressionable public school students.

Sometimes they even try to use children to spread religious messages in schools. Yesterday, a federal appeals court put the brakes on this latest effort to compel prayer in schools.

Never Mind!: Emily Litella Joins N.C. Church, Learns About School Prayer

Remember Emily Litella?

Gilda Radner’s hilarious “Saturday Night Live” character was always launching into screeds based on a simple misunderstanding. When informed of her errors, Miss Litella would look into the camera and sheepishly mumble, “Never mind.”

A church in North Carolina just had its own Emily Litella moment.

Lone Star Law Breakers: Texas School Officials Think They Can Ignore Supreme Court Prayer Rulings

There are times when I think we should just round up every church-state attorney we can find, fly them down to Texas and start suing school districts until they behave.

I realize Texas has a tradition of being stubborn – it used to be an independent republic, after all – but things are getting out of hand.

Golden Anniversary: The Supreme Court’s Engel Decision Protected Religious Liberty In Public Schools

An important anniversary will be observed on Monday, one that will probably be overlooked but shouldn’t be.

On June 25, 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a crucial church-state ruling in Engel v. Vitale. Although the high court had dealt with other religion-in-public-school controversies, Engel was the first case to deal with official school prayer.

Schultz v. Medina Valley Independent School District

In May 2011, we learned that the Medina Valley School District in Castroville, Texas intended to sponsor at least two student-led prayers at its upcoming high-school graduation.

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