Mobile, Alabama, School Board Wants to Lift Ban on Prayer in Public Schools

Mobile, Alabama, School Board Wants to Lift Ban on Prayer in Public Schools


The school board of Mobile, Alabama, files legal papers with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to lift the long-standing ban on organized prayers in public schools. Specifically, they want the Supreme Court to overturn a decision of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down school prayer in Mobile.

Dan Alexander, president of the school board, is also head of a national organization that promotes school prayer, and he says:

"Very frankly, for 20 years the Supreme Court has been wrong [about school prayer]. Our founding fathers did not mean to stop our youngsters from praying in the classroom."

The original lawsuit was filed by Ishmael Jaffree, an agnostic with three children attending school in Mobile. He lost at the lower court level when U.S. District Judge Brevard Hand ruled against him, but the 11th Circuit Court agreed with his position.

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