The Supreme Court: Voluntary Prayer?

At milk-and-cookies time each morning, the kindergarten pupils of New York City's P.S. 184 recited a childish grace: "God is great, God is good, and we thank him for our food. Amen." Each afternoon they prayed:

Thank you for the world so sweet,

Thank you for the food we eat,

Thank you for the birds that sing—

Thank you, God, for everything.

In 1962, Principal Elihu Oshinsky stopped the prayers in keeping with the Supreme Court's decisions against compulsory religious exercises in public schools. Appalled, 15 parents—Protestant, Catholic and Jewish—organized PRAY (Prayer Rights for American Youth) and sued in federal court, claiming...

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