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Monday, 20 March 2017 19:00

Appeals Court Rules Texas School Board Can Pray Before Meetings

Written by  Mary Chastain

The prayers do not violate the First Amendment.

Back in 2015, the American Humanist Association (AHA) sued the Birdville School District, located near Fort Worth, TX, because school board members started their meetings with a prayer.

The AHA said this violated the First Amendment “through its practicing of promoting Christian prayers.”

Former student Isaiah Smith brought the case to AHA and claimed “the prayers made him feel unwelcome at the public meetings and that the school board endorsed Christianity.”

On Monday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the “school board may open its meetings with student-led prayers without violating the U.S. Constitution.” From Reuters:

Writing for the appeals court, Circuit Judge Jerry Smith said the matter involved legislative prayer, because a school board was “more like a legislature” than a classroom.

He also said the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 decision letting the town of Greece in upstate New York start board meetings with prayer supported the Birdville school board’s practice.

“Most attendees at school-board meetings, including Smith, are mature adults,” and even board members’ “polite” requests that the audience stands during invocations “do not coerce prayer,” Smith wrote.

The school board has opened with prayers since 1997, which take place in an elementary or middle school.

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Last modified on Monday, 20 March 2017 21:11

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Aww the delicate former student said he felt "unwelcome" when the school board prayed before the meeting? What, did the school board all stare at him and pray, "We ask that Isaiah Smith be struck down by lightning oh Lord"? These atheists are so damn tedious with their bullshit. Instead of being arrogant and demand his "feelings" be catered to, try showing some respect for the MAJORITY and STFU!

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I pray morning moo and night. Whose this towel head to feel unwelcome during prayers then leave and don't come back you Koran toting a$$hole

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Plan B: The leftist slime will bus in 'imams' to pray 'death to America", and vegan/humanist/gaynazi 'minister' to do the same..

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Nothing makes the bat shit crazy atheists foam at the mouth more than prayer unless it's to their God..Lucifer.

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HAR! Take that, atheist leftists!

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I am please the court passed this, may God continue to Bless our Nation and the justice system for doing the right things. If we all began our day with Prayer, we would have a better day.

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Larry Reade Written by Larry Reade
March 21, 2017
Right you are, Merridee & welcome aboard. Your first post was beautiful.

Thank you God for some common sense.

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Wow a bit of good news! Nice to see a court stand up for prayer. God Bless the court.

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(Updated: March 21, 2017)

Only if your a muslim you get to pray ... THATS BULL SHIT

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that is the most outrageous lawsuit. The judge is right rendering the verdict to the insane, group sue anything, we don't pray in your bed room.. f asshole. We have the right to pray anywhere we want, It is freedom of a well educated country.

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I never thought I'd see the day when you needed a court order to pray anywhere.

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Probably enough of this damned political correctness? Or they are to wait until damned muedjin calls them for muslim prayer? We are back to judeo-christian country, thank God!!!

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Slowly turning back in the right direction

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Marti Lorigo Written by Marti Lorigo
March 21, 2017
ONLY IF YOUR A MUSLIM

If you think praying is bad and wrong you need to start by reading the BIBLE and ask the LORD OUR GOD for forgiveness and beg for his forgiveness

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If prayers made someone feel unwelcome at public meetings...Hmmm...suck it up buttercup...they don't last long ...

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