A Moment of Silence?

Almost all laws have loopholes, and law defined by the Supreme Court is no exception. Although it is widely believed that the court prohibited public school prayer in 1962, the court in fact merely forbade teachers to organize formal prayer sessions. The door was left open, at least a crack, to prayer that was purely voluntary.

Ever since, the states have been looking for ways to permit school prayer without appearing to demand it. Nineteen states have passed laws establishing a time for silent prayer or meditation in classrooms. Where challenged, however, these laws...

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