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In the 1960's several Supreme Court rulings effectively ended the practice of state-supported and state-mandated school prayer. Since this time religious conservatives have campaigned vigorously for a constitutional amendment that would overturn these decisions. Unfortunately, the conservative argument for school prayer is based on a flat distortions of the truth, and a deaf ear to the Constitution. Contrary to their assertions, prayer in general has not been outlawed. Contrary to their assurances, a school prayer amendment would rewrite church/state law, and would open up a gaping hole in the middle of the First Amendment. On this page we present the case against amending the Constitution, and retaining our religious freedoms.

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