Court: Student prayers OK at school board meetings
Court News | 2017/03/20 15:15
A Texas school board can open its meetings with student-led public prayers without running afoul of the Constitution's prohibition against government-established religion, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a lower court ruling dismissing a lawsuit against the Birdville Independent School District. The suit was filed by the American Humanist Association and a graduate of Birdville High School.

The panel said student-led prayers for legislative bodies differ from unconstitutional prayers in public schools.

The panel noted a 2014 Supreme Court ruling allowing prayers at a town council meeting in Greece, New York, and said the prayers at the Birdville school board fall under that "legislative prayer exception."

"It would be nonsensical to permit legislative prayers but bar the legislative officers for whom they are being primarily recited from participating in the prayers in any way," Judge Jerry E. Smith wrote for the panel. "Indeed, the Supreme Court did not take issue with the fact that Town of Greece board members bowed their heads during invocations."

The opinion noted that the Birdville school board meetings are held in an administration building — not in a school. People attending can enter and leave at any time, including during the prayer. It said the board meetings open with a student-led Pledge of Allegiance and a statement that can include a prayer, although the statements are sometimes secular.

[PREV] [1] ..[320][321][322][323][324][325][326][327][328].. [1896] [NEXT]
Headline Legal News
Legal Topics
Legal Business
Attorney News
Court News
Court Watch
Areas of Focus
Legal Interview
Former Trump campaign aide Nunber..
TransCanada doesn't have to pay l..
Court fight over, founding papers..
Romania court nixes law allowing ..
Philippine gov't asks Supreme Cou..
Turkish court rejects request for..
Court: Nike logo of Michael Jorda..
Brazil court largely upholds law ..
High court: Held immigrants can't..
Court: US anti-discrimination law..
Organized labor case goes in fron..
Court leaves black judge on case ..
Delay in Nevada gun buyer law dra..
California parents face new charg..
Pennsylvania congressional map ba..
Supreme Court sides with Chicago ..
Courts: Bail reform working, but ..
Maldives court delays reinstating..
Inmate in landmark Supreme Court ..

Santa Ana Workers' Compensation Lawyers
Fort Washington Employment Law Firm
Attorney Marc E. Weinstein
China trademark registration lawyer
Chicago Truck Drivers Lawyer
Chicago Workers' Comp Attorneys
San Francisco Trademark Lawyer
San Francisco Copyright Lawyer
Lorain Elyria Divorce Lawyer
Chicago Business Law Attorney
Corporate Litigation Attorneys
Houston Estate Administration Lawyer
Car Accidents Attorneys
New Rochelle Personal Injury
Surry County Criminal Defense Lawyers
Yadkin County Family Law Attorneys
St. Louis Missouri Criminal Defense Lawyer
St. Charles DUI Attorney
Connecticut Special Education Lawyer
Law Firm Web Design Templates
Lawyer Website Templates
   Legal Resource
Headline Legal News for You to Reach America's Best Legal Professionals. The latest legal news and information - Law Firm, Lawyer and Legal Professional news in the Media.
Copyright © All Rights Reserved. The content contained on the web site has been prepared by Click The Law. as a service to the internet community and is not intended to constitute legal advice or a substitute for consultation with a licensed legal professional in a particular case or circumstance. By using the you agree to be bound by these Terms & Conditions.

Law Firm Website Design by Lawyer Website Design Blog - Lawyer Web Site Design That Works