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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?

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5 thoughts on “Student Sues Public School Over The Lord’s Prayer

  1. Constance D Diskin on said:

    I think they should bring prayer back to schools. This is America and our country was based on Christian values. So, if you are Muslim or Jewish or whatever, get used to it. If you don’t like it, go back to your own country. If you are going to live in our country and take advantage of all the good things our country has to offer, then you better accept the fact that prayer is going to happen. You don’t want to say it or hear it? Then don’t say it. No one is forcing you to. If you don’t want to hear it, use earplugs. We don’t go to other countries and insist that they change the way they do things. Why should you?

  2. No one said to erase a higher power, they could have said a higher power , or have a moment of silence which is better. It should not be mandatory. African American Man. Stop hiding behind your real name.

  3. Children in public schools should not have prayers forced upon them. I hope this incredibly brave young woman sues the crap out of these religious nuts. “Religion is like a penis. It’s OK to have one, but it’s not OK to force it down everyone’s throat.”

  4. African American Woman on said:

    God, and YES I SAID GOD, this is shameful…The Lord’s prayer does not reference the name of any particular “God.” The more we erase a “higher power” from our daily lives, the more trouble we invite in…

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