Monday, July 31, 2017

Cert. Petition Filed In School Board Prayer Case

A petition for certiorari (full text) was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court today in American Humanist Association v. Birdville Independent School District, (filed 7/31/2017).  In the case (sub. nom. American Humanist Association v. McCarty) the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a school board's practice of opening its meetings with presentations from students, which often involve a prayer.  The 5th Circuit held that this should be covered by the legislative prayer cases, not the decisions regarding school prayer. (See prior posting.)  the American Humanist Association issued a press release announcing the filing of the petition for review.