Rare Historical Photos
Children praying in public school
This photograph was taken in a public school back in 1962 during the case for Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421. The issue was whether prayer in public schools was in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. As we all know now, prayer is no longer apart of daily activities in public schools.
Reactions were (and still are) unsurprisingly negative, many school districts and entire states have tried to reestablish some form of school-sponsored prayer. Since the 1990s its tended to revolve around prayer at school-sponsored extracurricular activities. Which you’d think would be okay since they are after school and on a volunteer basis but they were denied. Other attempts have included prayer at graduation ceremonies and prior to high school sports games, all of which were ruled unconstitutional.
Blog note: My, how far we have fallen here in the United States. End of note.