Separation of Church and State

by: Shaleah Jolly

Problem

Naperville Unit District 203 officials have told Naperville Central High School head football coach Mike Stine that he cannot lead his players in prayer.


-The amendment also goes on to say that Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion.

Amendment 1

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Inside

To consider whether the First Amendment's Establishment Clause was violated, they would ask questions such as did the coach create a special time or structure to facilitate prayer?


Supreme Court cases that have struck down school-sponsored prayer in public schools as violations of the First Amendment.


"Federal courts have consistently held that public school coaches represent the school during practices and games, and therefore they cannot participate in prayer with students," Jayne said.

Citations

"Store." Amendment 1. Web. 11 Dec. 2015.


"First Amendment." LII / Legal Information Institute. Web. 11 Dec. 2015.