Prayer in schools has always been a touchy subject or a battleground if you will for many people. There are those who are for it and those equally against it. The U.S. Constitution requires the separation of church and state to ensure tolerance for all faiths.
In 1963, Madalyn Murray O’Hair was responsible for ultimately getting prayer removed from U.S. public schools in the court case Engel v. Vitale.
Yet one public school in Webster Parish, Louisiana had students say it until a mother and her daughter put an end to it.
Kaylee Cole is a student at Lakeside Junior/High School according to CNN was raised as a Christian but is now an agnostic. Every day after the pledge of allegiance, the Lord’s Prayer is recited, it causing her be uncomfortable and even angry.
“They say, ‘Please stand for the Prayer and the Pledge.’ And then we move right into it. And it’s the Lord’s Prayer,” says Cole. In response, she sits down and receives glaring glances from other students.
The 17-year-old doesn’t want her day to start like this, and she has every right to feel this way unless she were attending a private or parochial school. She attends a public school.
However, after Christmas break, Cole walks into her classroom, sits down and waits for it. Students rise and say the pledge of Allegiance that comes over the loud-speaker and nothing. No Lord’s Prayer, just silence.
Cole and her mother Christy Coles filed a lawsuit against the school system saying that, “there is systematic official promotion of religion,” at all the Webster Parish schools that’s directly violating the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
The Lord’s Prayer over the loudspeaker wasn’t the only thing that caused the lawsuit to be filed. Kaylee provides pictures of her teachers walls reading, “Want Change? Pray.” Or things telling students to, “Love God, ““Worship God,” and “Read the Bible.”
A case like this is very tricky. The question is what do you do when a student sues a public school over prayer?