May 31, 2020
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⟶ Updated 13 Dec 2017 ⟶
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12 Oct 2017
Anissa and Morgan
On March 29, 2000, the case was argued before the Supreme Court
On May 10, 1995, the District Court entered an interim order addressing a number of different issues
The case initially arose in 1995 over various religion-related activities at Santa Fe High School in Texas
The U.S. Supreme Court on June 19, 2000, ruled that a Texas school board policy that allowed “student-led, student-initiated prayer” before varsity high-school football games was a violation of the First Amendment’s establishment clause, which generally prohibits the government from establishing, advancing, or giving favour to any religion.
The Court concluded that the football game prayers were public speech authorized by a government policy
Judge Kent ordered the school to eliminate all denominational activity in the classroom. Religion may only be discussed in a "non-denominational and non-judgmental" manner.
On Nov. 15, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of the case.
On Feb. 26, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that invocations before football games are impermissible and the school district's policy is unconstitutional.
After the distracts courts final decision in December 1996, both parties appealed the case United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth circuit
Citizens in the area argued that the decision deprived their society of that important unifying mechanism, also known as prayer.
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