Monday, June 25, 2012

Today Is 50th Anniversary of Engle v. Vitale School Prayer Decision

Today is the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Engle v. Vitale (1962) which held unconstitutional under the Establishment Clause New York's requirement that a non-denominational prayer composed by the state Board of Regents be recited in public school classrooms at the beginning of each school day.  This was the first in a series of cases that barred school authorized prayer and Bible-reading in the public schools. Yesterday's Deseret News, marking the anniversary, reviews the impact of the Engle decision.