Engel v. Vitale: Prayer in the Schools

Engel v. Vitale: Prayer in the Schools

Engel v. Vitale: Prayer in the Schools

Engel v. Vitale: Prayer in the Schools

Synopsis

"Describes the historical context of the Engel versus Vitale Supreme Court case, detailing the claims made by both sides as well as the outcome, and including excerpts from the Supreme Court justices' decisions and relevant sidebars"--Provided by publisher.

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment
of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or
abridging the freedom, of speech, or of the press-, or the
right of the people peaceably to assemble, and, to petition
the Government for a redress of grievances
.

ReLIGIous FreeDom is among the most prized of American liberties. The First Amendment guarantees all Americans that freedom. Under the amendment's terms. Congress can neither establish a state-approved religion nor prevent people from practicingtheir own religion or no religion.

Many of the early European settlers fled from nations with state religions intolerant of other beliefs. They came to America seeking a land where they could observe their faith without interference from the government and state churches. Remembering this history, America's founders resisted pressure to establish a state church in the United States. Patrick Henry, the firebrand patriot from Virginia, led a passionate crusade in the mid—1780s to declare . . .

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