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Thursday, August 04, 2005

The ACLU vs. Tangipahoa Parish -
Ignorance or Harassment?

Ron Paige, the U.S. Department of Education Secretary has issues letters and guidelines on the acceptable forms of prayer in public schools. The guidelines indicate students may "pray or study religious materials with fellow students during recess, the lunch hour, or other noninstructional time to the same extent that they may engage in nonreligious activities."

Secretary's Letter on Constitutionally Protected Prayer in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has repeatedly sued the Tangipahoa Parish (Louisiana) school district for their use of prayer.
A Prayer is Uttered and the ACLU Threatens Jail Time
ACLU Wants School Officials Jailed for Praying

Most recently, the ACLU sued the school district for allowing a teacher to conduct a before-school Bible club - within the guidelines of the Secretary of Education and previous settlements between the ACLU and the schoool district. Fortunately U.S. District Court Judge Ginger Berrigan ruled there was no violation.

No Violation in Louisiana Prayer Case Says Federal Judge

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