The U.S. Supreme Court, in ruling against prayer in public schools, left room for academic instruction so long as it is "presented objectively as part of a secular program of education," to quote the late Justice Tom C. Clarke.
People Against Prayer in Public Schools - Prayer in Public Schools
I am completely against prayer in public schools for the simple reason I don’t want any public school official determining what prayer should be said. I don’t understand the desire to have prayer in public schools given how our school system seems to screw up everything they touch.
The Ruling Against Prayer in Public Schools
In the 1960's Madalyn Murray won a historic Supreme Court ruling against prayer in public schools. It appeared that the hypocrisy surrounding government support of religion was on the way out.
Even in a ruling against prayer in public schools, the Supreme
"Supreme Court Rules Against Requiring Prayer in Public Schools." Frank McGee, correspondent. . NBCUniversal Media. 17 June 1963. . Web. 19 January 2015.Perhaps many are against prayer in public schools because of fear. They have fear of lifestyle changes that would impact their lives in ways that they are not sure they could deal with. If their children were listening to prayer in school every day, to a God that they do not know, they may begin to question and seeking answers. This would cause family conflict since the children may find answers in which parents do not agree.McGee, F. (Reporter). (1963, June 17). Supreme Court Rules Against Requiring Prayer in Public Schools. [Television series episode]. . Retrieved from For instance, born-again or not, he's against prayer in public schools. "Look at the Ayatollah's Iran--I think that's about as good a case as any for separation of church and state."