Court Rulings Designed To Separate Religion From Education


Court rulings designed to separate religion from educationFederal judges in Texas and New York have rendered decisions that aim to remove religious practices from public schools.

In the Lone Star State, a United States District Judge recently ordered the Medina Valley Independent School District to prohibit public prayer at its graduation ceremony, FOX News reported. More specifically, students were banned from using the words “prayer” and “amen” during the commencement exercises, which were scheduled for Saturday.

According to the news source, the ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by Danny and Christa Schultz, who claimed that their son would “suffer irreparable harm” if anyone prayed during the graduation ceremony.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott told the media outlet that the decision seemingly turns school administrators into “speech police.” He added that the ruling seems like a “trampling of the 1st Amendment.”

Meanwhile, an appeals court in the Empire State has ruled that schools in New York City can block religious groups from using educational facilities for worship services, The New York Times reported.

The justices determined that allowing religious practices on school grounds, even if they were conducted outside of school hours, would change the “nature of the site” and violate the 1st Amendment’s establishment clause.

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