Supreme Court Dismisses Objection to Moment of Silence in Schools

October 30, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 30, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that the Supreme Court "gave those who think public school children should be free to pray in classrooms a clear blueprint on how to promote that idea without violating the Constitution ...Without dissent, the court turned aside a constitutional challenge to a year-old Virginia law that requires every public school to start each day with 'one minute of silence' and specifies that students may use it, if they wish, to pray." The article also noted that "the court's action came as efforts are resuming in Congress to gain support for a constitutional amendment to permit prayer 'on public property, including schools.'"