Appeals court broadens prayer ban in Arkansas school district

Appeals court broadens prayer ban in Arkansas school district



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. A federal appeals court has banned prayers at an Arkansas school district’s mandatory staff meetings, even if the teacher who objected to the prayers is not there.The Eighth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals said a lower court was right to forbid the prayers during staff meetings at the DeValls Bluff School District, but did so for the wrong reasons.

The appeals court said an injunction should have been granted because the school district endorsed a religion — not just because the teacher was offended.

The appeals court agreed, however, that the school superintendent, teachers and students have a constitutional right to wear religious jewelry and T-shirts.

This makes perfect sense to me. I am never surprised to see this issue crop up, but I am always amazed that some people have such a hard time understanding such a simple concept. I’ll “pray” for them and hope that they learn to see the light.

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