Law: Let Us Pray

The court okays religious clubs in public high schools

To Bridget Mergens Mayhew, the idea of forming an extracurricular Christian club at Omaha's Westside High School five years ago seemed simple enough. "There are a lot of pressures on kids," she recalls, "and we just wanted to get together and pray." But school authorities turned down her plea, fearing it would violate the separation of church and state. The refusal touched off a fractious legal battle that last week culminated in a spectacular win for Mayhew and her friends: a major decision from the U.S. Supreme Court barring discrimination against voluntary religious clubs in public high schools. The court action...

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