Fighting Over A Moment Of Silence: Much Ado About Nothing

Commentary Inside the First Amendment

By Charles C. Haynes First Amendment Center senior scholar

The latest round in America’s long-running fight over “school prayer” has nothing to do with vocal prayer. As odd as it sounds, it’s argument over silence.

Two recent lawsuits filed by parents in Texas and Illinois charge that mandating a moment of silence at the beginning of each school day violates the First Amendment’s prohibition against state-sponsored religious . . .

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