Public school students are largely free to exercise their faith on campus and on the field. A player's personal prayer in the locker room or on the bench is protected by the First Amendment.
The challenges to prayer arise when school employees and resources are involved. A high school football coach can't lead his team in prayers. Yet a patchwork of inconsistent court decisions boils down to this: Public universities are free to hold prayers before football games as long as they only cite God and do not mention Jesus. A specific nod to Christianity would be viewed as supporting one faith over others. The theory is that a general nod to a deity serves a non-religious purpose, giving fans a moment to reflect, while not advancing a particular faith.
Public high schools, on the other hand, face greater restrictions
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Posted October 24, 2012 at 5:45 am
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