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    1960’s, there was a law passed by New York, stating that public schools would open the day with the Pledge of Allegiance, then a non-denominational prayer in which students were to recognize their independence upon God. Then, in 1962, a parent sued on behalf of his child, arguing that the law violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, as made applicable to the states through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The case was moved all the way to the Supreme Court, which resulted in a six to one vote in favor of the plaintiff. The judges stated that the school could not force children to pray, and if a student felt that the prayer was inappropriate, he or she could exclude oneself. The Supreme Court's ruling in Engel v Vitale was rightfully justified because school is an unbiased place for learning, there is the separation of church and state in the constitution, and the freedom of speech is one of the most vital rights of American citizens. Children should not be forced to pray in school, because…

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    Jordan Britt October 12, 2017 1st Period Engel v. Vitale The case of Engel v. Vitale concerns the establishment clause of the first amendment of the United States Constitution. The establishment clause reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The effect that the case had on public school systems throughout the United States is still evident today. Engel v. Vitale was a landmark case that that showed up in the Supreme…

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    CITATION Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962) FACT The Board of Regents for the State of New York authorized a short non-denominational prayer, along with the Pledge of Allegiance, to open the school day. Students were told the prayer was voluntary. Steven Engle, a Jewish student and his parents sued, alleging the law violated the Establishment of Religion Clause of the First Amendment. This clause states Congress cannot make any laws establishing religion. ISSUE Does the reading of a…

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    In the case of Engel v. Vitale the Regent’s prayer was meant to be “non-denominational” and the respondents’ argument states that the students are not required to perform the prayer but that those who choose not to participate sit silently or be excused from the classroom (LexisNexis). To an extent this seems like a perfectly well thought out idea, but to ask a child to sit quietly or remove themselves from the classroom really becomes an act of seclusion. When a person becomes secluded they…

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    Rush Limbaugh has nothing to do with Engel v Vitale, the Red Scare or religions’ proper place in the educational system in the 1960s, but this quote describes exactly what permeated the minds of Americans at the time. It was conservatives against liberals, the United States against the Soviets, religion against secularism, First Amendment activists against anti-Communist crusaders and so on. Freedom from an established religion and the ability to freely exercise any religion of your choosing are…

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    Two prominent landmark cases that can be taken into consideration are namely Engel v. Vitale 370 U.S. 421 (1962) and Lemon v. Kurtzman 403 U.S. 602 (1971). The first case, Engel v. Vitale is a case wherein a group of families in New York complained that the voluntary prayer in the mornings violated their religious beliefs. The court ruled through a 6-1 vote that it is unconstitutional for state to compose a prayer and encourage its recitation in public schools as it violated the Establishment…

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    Prayer In Schools

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    and is no longer allowed to be sponsored by the government,also it is in the school everyday within the Pledge of Allegiance. Prayer in schools started to become a major problem in the early 1960’s and it has affected many teachers and students in making them refrain from having religious freedom in their school. During the 20th century people had argued whether if they had religious freedom or if they were forced to worship something that they did not believe in. People have started many…

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    Emphasized the court’s ruling was not against religion, but sought to protect an individual’s religious freedom from government intrusion. Religion should be left to the people themselves and those the people look to for spiritual guidance. A broader stance on the establishment clause should be taken, and any type of public promotion, including giving financial aid to religious schools, violates the clause. The only dissent came from Justice Stewart, who argued that the establishment clause was…

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    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…

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    Engel v. Vitale extends the reach of the Establishment Clause to include nondenominational and voluntary government supported religious activity. The concurrence expands the Clause further, contending that any kind of public promotion of religion, particularly fiscal support, breaks the Establishment Clause. This case sets a precedent forbidding almost all government-based religious…

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