A Florida woman, Felicia Townes of Jacksonville, came to Tallahassee, the state capital, last month to lobby for the return of official prayer in public schools by registering a petition drive to return school-sponsored religious exercises.

Townes said she believes official prayer will solve a variety of problems that young people face, reported WXTL-TV.

“We see a rise in bullying and suicidal thoughts without prayer, and so we believe that prayer goes back into the school,” Townes said. “We believe that it will eradicate all bullying, all depression.”

Even if Townes collects enough signatures to put the matter on the next state ballot, official school prayer would still face an uphill climb. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down school-sponsored prayer in 1962, asserting that it violates the rights of students and their families.


Americans United & the National Women’s Law Center file suit to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans.

Abortion bans violate the separation of church and state. Americans United and the National Women’s Law Center—the leading experts in religious freedom and gender justice—have joined forces with thirteen clergy from six faith traditions to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans as unconstitutionally imposing one narrow religious doctrine on everyone.

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