Freedom of Religions

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.


ConstitutionalRelated Court CaseScenario
NO. The establishment clause does not allow teacher led prayer in a public school. Private schools may have prayer in school. Public schools can not stop students from praying in school as long as the prayer is not disruptive of school activities or led by school authorities.
Engel v Vitale 1962
Example-A teacher led prayer in a public high school.


1. Using government money to pay for lunches for poor kids in parochial schools


2-Erecting a manger scene at town hall with private money


3-Encouragement of prayer by school authorities
(for example, at graduation or football games)


4-Posting the Ten Commandments on the wall of a public school classroom


5-Teaching Creationism or intelligent design in a public high school biology class


6-A public university giving money to students to start a religious newspaper


7-Rastafarians smoking pot as part of their religion


8-The practice of polygamy


9-Bible Study after school at a public high school


In Germany, the Nazis came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then the came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemoeller

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke, 1791

I wanna hold your hand!
Paul McCartney