Why do you blame atheists for getting prayer out of schools?

McCollum v. Board of Education, 333 U.S. 203, 212 (1948). Struck down religious instruction in public schools. The case involved school-sponsored religious instruction in which the sole nonreligious student, Jim McCollum, was placed in detention and persecuted by schoolmates in Champaign, Illinois. This court... show more McCollum v. Board of Education, 333 U.S. 203, 212 (1948).
Struck down religious instruction in public schools. The case involved school-sponsored religious instruction in which the sole nonreligious student, Jim McCollum, was placed in detention and persecuted by schoolmates in Champaign, Illinois.

This court case is a prime example of why religion cannot be in schools and was necessary because of the hateful and discriminatory actions of religious people.

Shouldn't you be blaming hateful religious people?
Update: What About "Student-Initiated" Prayer? This is a ruse proposed by extremist Christian legal groups such as the Rutherford Institute, and the American Center for Law and Justice run by televangelist Pat Robertson. Religious coercion is even worse at the hands of another student, subjecting students to... show more What About "Student-Initiated" Prayer?
This is a ruse proposed by extremist Christian legal groups such as the Rutherford Institute, and the American Center for Law and Justice run by televangelist Pat Robertson. Religious coercion is even worse at the hands of another student, subjecting students to peer pressure, pitting students in the majority against students in the minority, treating them as outsiders with school complicity.

Imposing prayer-by-majority-vote is flagrant and insensitive abuse of school authority. Such schools should be teaching students about the purpose of the Bill of Rights, instead of teaching them to be religious bullies. Some principals or school boards have even made seniors hold open class votes on whether to pray at graduation, leading to hostility and reprisal against those students brave enough to stand up for the First Amendment.
Update 2: "The notion that a person's constitutional rights may be subject to a majority vote is itself anathema," wrote Judge Albert V. Bryan, Jr. in a 1993 ruling in Virginia, one of several similar district court rulings around the nation banning any prayer, whether student- or clergy-led. We cannot put... show more "The notion that a person's constitutional rights may be subject to a majority vote is itself anathema," wrote Judge Albert V. Bryan, Jr. in a 1993 ruling in Virginia, one of several similar district court rulings around the nation banning any prayer, whether student- or clergy-led.

We cannot put liberties protected by our Bill of Rights up to a vote of school children! Should kindergartners be forced to vote about whether to pray before their milk and cookies? Under such reasoning, what would make it wrong for students to vote to segregate schools or otherwise violate the civil liberties of minorities?
Update 3: Mirage I do believe you are refering to the words "one nation under god" that were unconstitutionaly added to the pledge of alegiance in1957. This same unconstituional act that was passed by congress in 1955 also added "in god we trust" to our currency. These are both examples of... show more Mirage

I do believe you are refering to the words "one nation under god" that were unconstitutionaly added to the pledge of alegiance in1957. This same unconstituional act that was passed by congress in 1955 also added "in god we trust" to our currency.

These are both examples of unconstitutional theocratic laws.
Update 4: Pstod

It was the public High School in Champlain IL
Update 5: Don J

You are ignoring the same number of people slaughtered by the christians durring the crusades, the inquisition, Hitlers quest for a christian continant, Serbian christians slaughtering muslims.
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