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November 28, 1994
Anyone who thinks there's no school prayer has never taken a calculus course. AL GRESSLER Thousand Oaks
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September 30, 2013 | By Frederick N. Rasmussen
Activist attorney Leonard J. Kerpelman, best known for representing atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair in the landmark 1963 Supreme Court case that outlawed prayer in public schools, died Thursday at a Baltimore hospital of complications from a tumor. He was 88. He took on numerous often unpopular causes during his long career that ended in disbarment in 1989, in part for disrupting a judicial hearing. And he was known as a colorful figure in Baltimore, driving a 1948 Cadillac and at times jumping into public fountains.
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June 10, 2013 | By Michael McGough
You've probably heard about the South Carolina high school valedictorian who tore up his prepared speech at graduation ceremonies and instead recited the Lord's Prayer, to cheers and applause. But there is a twist in the tale of Roy Costner IV, who has become a poster boy for Christian conservatives. In an interview with the Christian Post, Costner said that he had been warned by school officials to refrain from any prayers or religious references in his remarks. “Let me first say that every person, regardless of their religious affiliation -- whether they are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, atheist, or any other belief -- should be allowed to say what they want because of the 1st Amendment,” Costner said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2013 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
Since the Lancaster City Council began opening its meetings with a prayer from local religious leaders, people have become more tolerant of unfamiliar beliefs, according to Mayor Rex Parris. The invocations have come from Muslims, Sikhs and Wiccans as well as from Christians. Parris says the exposure has had a "unifying effect," with people in the High Desert city no longer flinching at mentions of Allah. But to Shelley Rubin and Maureen Feller, a prayer at an April 2010 council meeting crossed the line, amounting to a government endorsement of Christianity.
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April 27, 2008 | James Q. Wilson, James Q. Wilson teaches public policy at Pepperdine University and previously taught at UCLA and Harvard. He is the author of many books. Most recently, he was the co-editor of "Understanding America: The Anatomy of an Exceptional Nation."
Of course some textbooks are politically biased. It is not hard to understand why. Opinion surveys and studies of campaign contributions show that the great majority of academic social scientists are liberals, so no one should be astonished to learn that some liberals write left-leaning textbooks and that some of them assign them to their classes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2004 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
Micah Grant begins his day under a clock, its hands pointed at 6:41 a.m., his hands clasped in prayer. The 17-year-old is joined by his mother. "Send divine angels from heaven around him," his mother says. "Keep him in perfect peace and harmony. Keep his surroundings in peace and harmony. "Lord remember his friends today, oh God," she continues, "remember Washington Prep today." Micah is about to leave for school.
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August 30, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal appeals court has thrown out a lawsuit against a Nebraska public school district and a school board member who led students in reciting the Lord's Prayer at a 2000 high school graduation. The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower federal judge who dismissed an American Civil Liberties Union suit contending that the Norfolk school district violated church-state separation.
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May 3, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The Virginia Military Institute's tradition of prayer before evening meals is unconstitutional, according to a federal Court of Appeals, which rejected arguments that the prayer is voluntary because the cadets are adults. The ruling emphasizes that the extraordinary obedience demanded of VMI cadets doesn't give them the freedom to choose not to participate in what has been called a nondeno- minational, voluntary dinner prayer.
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December 15, 2001
In Texas, Gov. Rick Perry is running for reelection and has championed a return of organized prayer in public schools. In South Carolina, a state assemblyman is readying a school prayer bill for introduction in the Legislature early next year. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 200 to 1 for a moment of silence from which students would need a note from home to be excused. In the atmosphere that followed the terrorist attacks of Sept.
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December 12, 2001 | Associated Press
A federal appeals court Tuesday declared unconstitutional Louisiana's school prayer law, which evolved from allowing a moment of silent meditation in 1976 to permitting spoken prayer in public classrooms. A panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals voted, 3 to 0, to uphold a judge's 1999 ruling striking the law down. The state had asked the appeals court to reinstate the law. A 1976 Louisiana law initially allowed for silent meditation.
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December 2, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seizing an opportunity, advocates of school prayer are advancing a host of new initiatives since Sept. 11 to set aside a moment for God--or at least for silence--during the public school day. Efforts range from proposed state legislation in Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Florida to measures in individual cities ranging from Harvey, Ill., to West Covina.
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