Argued: Santa Fe School District v. Doe - The Supreme Court will rule that official, student-led prayers before a school football game violate the separation of church and state even when the students vote on the matter.
According to the decision, the problem with the policy was that prayers were delivered using school equipment, at a school event, under the supervision of school administrators, and according to school policies.
What's more, this is not a forum that is open generally to anyone who has a message to deliver. From the decision:
"The District simply does not evince an intent to open its ceremony to indiscriminate use by the student body generally, but, rather, allows only one student, the same student for the entire season, to give the invocation, which is subject to particular regulations that confine the content and topic of the student's message.
The majoritarian process implemented by the District guarantees, by definition, that minority candidates will never prevail and that their views will be effectively silenced."
All of this leads to one conclusion: the school gives the appearance of approving of, if not supporting, the message of the prayer. That's unconstitutional.
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