Anti-Defamation League of B`rth Enter School Prayer Case

By Driskill, Matt | THE JOURNAL RECORD, November 16, 1985 | Go to article overview

Anti-Defamation League of B`rth Enter School Prayer Case


Driskill, Matt, THE JOURNAL RECORD


The hotly-debated national issue of school prayer took another twist recently when the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in a case involving an Indiana teacher who allegedly held prayer sessions each day before school began.

The league asked the court to uphold a previous decision which barred teachers from conducting formal prayer services in school classroms.

The case grew out of prayer meetings conducted every Tuesday morning which included eight Evansville teachers. The Evansville-Vandenburgh school board banned the practice and that decisions was upheld by the U.S. District Court in Evansville.

The teachers appealed.

In filing the appeal, Seymour D. Reich, the league's national civil rights chairman, said "religious services on school premises at times associated with the school day give the appearence of government endorsement of religion, which is contrary to the constitutional seperation of church and state."

Reich also said the prayer group sought the backing of the school system by advertising for new members through the school's newsletter. . .

- Parents of children who were abused at a private day-care facility have been allowed to sue the county in which it was located for licensing the center, according to a recent issue of Lawyer's Alert.

The monthly newsletter said the suit was allowed by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, which overruled a lower court's decision in the case.

Since the licensing system in Minnesota is similar to those used for day-care centers in many other states, the case could serve as an important precedent around the country. Attorneys who represent abused children may cite it in other jurisdictions because of the potential for collecting a large recovery from a "deep pocket" defendent.

In the case, the parents accused the county of negligence in supervising, inspecting and licensing the center. They claimed county officials failed to investigate earlier complaints about the center and did not run a police check on the owner's retarded adult son, who lived on the premises and allegedly abused the children. . .

- Tax attorney Richard B. Kells will address the Oklahoma City Tax Lawyers Breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 20 at the Main Course restaurant, located on the Concourse Level of the Liberty Bank Tower. …

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