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50 years later: High court's school prayer ruling still fuels religious liberty debate
When Steven Engel and several other parents decided to sue the state of New York in 1958 over a state-composed prayer being recited in public schools, a culture war was ignited that still smolders today.
In an interview four decades later, Engle recalled the obscene phone calls, a cross burning and taunting of his children in his New Hyde Park community, which was in conflict over the prayer and his decision to fight it.
While the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Engel on June 25, 1962, the decision hardly put to rest the overarching issue of religion in public schools....
It's not an issue between Christians an atheists if there is to be prayers in public schools, many conservative Christians believe in separation of Church and State. Remember it was a Baptist Church that first brought this problem up, Reply to Danbury Baptist Association.
If religious prayers were allowed what would stop prays to the Catholic Mary, the blessing on Muhammad, or prayer peculiar to the Mormons? I think you can get the best trained and moral teachers in public schools and of some of those may be Christians -- but if you want evangelism in the schools train up your children to do it, if they're in public schools.