What is the significance of Engel v. Vitale?
- JosephineLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
This case was one of the first in a series of cases, many in the 1960s, in which a variety of religious activities sponsored by the government were found to violate the Establishment Clause. This was the first case which effectively prohibited the government from sponsoring or endorsing official prayers in schools, not Abington School District v. Schempp (from the following year) as is commonly thought.
People were outraged that official prayers were no longer permitted in schools, although their anger was directed mostly at the cases which were decided in the following years. Representative of most reactions was a statement from evangelist Billy Graham, who still opposes church/state separation even today:
This is another step toward the secularization of the United States. [...] The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.
Engel v. Vitale got the ball rolling on the separation of church and state in the latter half of the 20th century.
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- CherylLv 44 years ago
Seperation of church and state since the school in question in Engel was a public school paid for by local tax dollars. Duh. "Duh" IS a legal term...