50 Years Ago, Monday, June 25th... Prayer was removed from America's public schools.
In a 6-1 ruling, the United States Supreme Court decided in Engel v. Vitale, that it was unconstitutional for New York state education officials to compose an official school prayer and encourage its recitation in public schools. This decision further states that a minute of silence prior to starting the school day to ask for help in the custom of your religion was unacceptable, and that it was also unacceptable for objecting students to voluntarily leave the classroom during the dedicated minute.
...The Engel v. Vitale decision to leave God out of our nation's public schools--from pre-school through college--appears to have led to untold school-related tragedies that could have been avoided with Godly prayer being welcome in our public schoolrooms...
An interesting side note to Engel v. Vitale is that Justice Felix Frankfurter could not vote after suffering a cerebral stroke that forced his early retirement. Justice Byron White chose not to vote or participate in the decision of this case.
In 1973, Justice White formed the opposition to Roe v. Wade along with Justice William Rehnquist.
Since Engel v. Vitale, more anti-prayer decisions have been decided:
In Wallace v. Jaffree (1985), the Supreme Court ruled Alabama's law permitting one minute for prayer or meditation was unconstitutional. In Lee v. Weisman (1992), the court prohibited clergy-led prayer at high school graduation ceremonies. Lee v. Weisman, in turn, was a basis for Santa Fe ISD v. Doe (2000), in which the Court extended the ban to school sanctioning of student-led prayer at high school football games.
For more about Engel v. Vitale, go to Wikipedia - Engel v. Vitale
Please partner with us in prayer.......
Heavenly Father, we pray as we remember that this is the 50th year of America's public schools losing Your protective covering given through teacher/student prayer at the start of the school day; that one day soon:
Jesus will be welcomed into every classroom, throughout America, and that all children, throughout the world, will know that: "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so!"
Amen, and Maranatha...May Jesus Come, Soon!