December 20th 2011
Supreme Court Case: Santa Fe School District vs. Doe, 2000
Held as a tradition, the Santa Fe School District elected students to give prayers before the commencement of every high school football game in a public manner. Although students presented these prayers with the best of the intentions, to hope for the best result from the football game, attendants of distinct religious preferences perceived these prayers as a constitutional violation of the Establishment Clause. The majority of the Texas residents defined this practice as a tradition to the community, but the dissidents thought this endorsed a certain religion. Thus, they sued for solemnizing statements that compelled religious groups to oppress their religious ideas by listening to these prayers.
Amid this hostility against the student-held prayers, the Supreme Court debated whether this practice violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. The Establishment Clause prohibited the preference by the U.S Government of one religion over another. Furthermore, this clause declared that preferential religious actions held in public domains were unconstitutional. Although this clause prohibited public religious invocations, it did not prohibit religious practices within enclosed settings.
After analyzing the case and calling for several holdings, on June 19th of the year 2000 the Supreme Court decided that these practices were indeed a violation to the United States Constitution. In a six to three verdict, the Court stated that the pre-game prayers induced denizens to believe that the government supported these public religious events. At such conclusion, the acceptance of these actions disobeyed the Establishment Clause.
Additionally, the fact that the student speech was not a private event gave the Supreme Court to further abolish its continuation. Along came the suggestion that this practice also, in some way, forced the school district to opt for...