Evidence: The United States was founded on religious freedom, and it is vital to our diverse society that our citizens be free to practice their separate religions. Schools are prohibited from …show more content…
Vitale struck down a New York State Board of Regents requirement that public school students begin each school day by reciting a presumably nonsectarian prayer. (Pg. 92)
• “__the court in Abington v. Schempp (1963) declared unconstitutional any devotional Bible reading and recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, even if those for whom such were not acts of worship were excused. (Pg. 92)
• “By 2010, religious pluralism rendered it impossible for education or any other dimension of the public sector to presume that a majority shared common beliefs and values-or even a common religious sensibility.” (Pg. 98)
• The Moment of Quiet Reflection in Schools Act offered a legal alternative to prayer in school because it does not force students to pray, or hear prayer. Students are offered a moment of silence that can be used as they wish, as long as they are quiet.