Coerced School Religion: Kavanaugh And The Issue Of Compelled Piety.


The Supreme Court in 2000 reaffirmed the importance of the school prayer decisions of 1962 and '63 in a case called Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe.

The lawsuit dealt with a school district in Texas that was allowing students to read prayers over a public address system before high school football games. The prayers were by default Christian, and not everyone cared to participate in this form of religious worship. The high court invalidated the practice.

Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, has a problem with that. During his Senate confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh said that a case that he loses, like Santa Fe, "sticks in my craw" and asserted that it has been undermined by more recent rulings.

Kavanaugh is wrong about that. The Supreme Court has in no way undercut the school prayer decisions in question. The court has made it clear that while students have the right to pray on their own, public schools may not sponsor, promote or coerce involvement in prayer or other religious...

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