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written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Engel v. Vitale

Volume 4 . Chapter 12 . § 12-04

Engel v. Vitale19 § 12-04

The New York Board of Regents, a governmental agency having broad supervisory power over the state's public schools, recommended that the following nondenominational prayer be recited in each public school at the start of every school day: "Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our country." A group of parents whose children attended a public school in which the "Regents' prayer" was recited challenged the constitutionality of the practice in state court. The New York state courts upheld the constitutionality of the practice on the condition that no child be compelled to join in the prayer over his own or his parents' objection. The ...

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