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

Wallace v. Jaffree

Volume 4 . Chapter 12 . § 12-10

Wallace v. Jaffree47 § 12-10

In 1981, the Alabama legislature enacted a law specifying:

At the commencement of the first class of each day in all grades in all public schools the teacher in charge of the room in which each class is held may announce that a period of silence not to exceed one minute in duration shall be observed for meditation or voluntary prayer, and during any such period no other activities shall be engaged in.48

This law was challenged in 1982 by a parent who asserted that it was an impermissible establishment of religion in violation of the First Amendment. A federal district court, after a lengthy and accurate historical analysis, concluded that the Supreme Court was misguided in its interpretation and application of ...

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