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Prayer in Public Schools

In 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Engel v. Vitale, holding that daily, scheduled prayers in public school violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It is up to parents, not the government, to direct the religious upbringing of children, or lack thereof. 

Individual students have a robust right to pray privately and nondisruptively in public schools. Attempts to insert more prayer into school-sponsored activities are nothing more than attempts to use the machinery of the state to promote religion, violating the rights of public school students to a secular education. The FFRF Action Fund vigorously opposes all such efforts.