“…one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. Please be seated for a moment of silence.” Twenty-five Duval County Public School students shuffle around their desks discussing their weekend plans and an upcoming history exam. Only a few students bow their heads and remain quite during this designated moment of silence. Even the teacher chatters away.
According to a 2008 study, only 1.6% of the North American population identify themselves as atheists. Public schools have made accommodating 4,865,000 people their priority (not all of whom are students) since the 1962 U.S. Supreme Court Case of Engel vs. Vitale in which it was determined that prayer in public schools, even while nondenominational, was unconstitutional. This act has diminished a sense of unity among students.
The States have stripped the other 98.4 of students of their rights to express themselves religiously ruling that,
“Vocal denominational or nondenominational prayer and ceremonial readings…
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