Public Schools: How Do You Prohibit Prayer?

When public schools open next month, a large number of them will be operating in clear-cut defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court. Despite all the furor over the court's decisions banning school prayer and Bible reading as an infringement of the Constitution, most schools that permitted it in the past are acting as if the court had never spoken. Edicts against prayer and Scripture are proving almost as unenforceable as Prohibition.

The defiance is most common in the South. North Carolina's Charles F. Car roll, state superintendent of public instruction, says flatly: "We've had these practices since the beginning—I don't...

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