ABC News reports:
A 14-year-old girl and her outspoken atheist father filed a federal lawsuit Friday challenging a new Illinois law requiring a brief period of prayer or reflective silence at the start of every school day.
Kulis said the law is an attempt to inject religion into public schools in violation of the First Amendment.
A spokesman for the lawsuit said:
We don’t believe requiring time for reflection is the role of government.
Robert Sherman, the father who filed the lawsuit had this to say:
What we object to is Christians passing a law that requires the public school teacher to stop teaching during instructional time, paid for by the taxpayers, so that Christians can pray.
I completely agree. You could make the argument that it’s not that big of a deal, but this is the type of things we’ve been seeing more and more of. It wouldn’t be a big deal if this was the only issue to come up recently, but it’s not.
Here’s the test: what would Christian parents do if a group of Muslims got control of a schoolboard and made policy to provide those kneeling-prayer-mats for students (but they’d be called “reflection mats”), and headscarves (but they’d be just in case the girls’ heads got cold, nothing to do with religion of course)? They’d say – correctly – that school is place for learning, leave religion at the door.
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