Restricting forced school prayer

The Supreme Court upheld precedence Monday in a 6-3 vote that forced prayer should not be allowed in public schools. In this case, a Texas school initiated a policy permitting a volunteer to lead the stadium in prayer before football games. Although the school district claims the prayer was student-led, the Court decided the “degree of school involvement” clearly demonstrates that the school supported the prayers, implicitly involving the state. Since the prayer is not private speech — because it has the authority and backing of the school — it violates the First Amendment.
Prayer, which has always been a powerful force in people’s lives, should never be regulated by the state. However, the court acknowledged in their ruling that people do not all say the same prayers, if they pray at all. The judgment does not limit people’s right to pray, however. Instead, it ensures the rights of the voiceless are not infringed upon.