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Don't Punish for Prayer

November 27, 1992

Royal High Principal David Jackson is quick to invoke the First Amendment as justification for a ban on teachers and students praying during lunch hour. However, the First Amendment also states that there shall be no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion. It also states quite clearly that there shall be no law abridging the freedom of speech. It also allows for the right of the students to peaceably assemble.

Instead of threatening the teachers or students involved in these religious clubs, the school officials should display a tolerant attitude and praise the student body for its social and religious diversity.

DALE R. BREEDEN

Oxnard

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