Prayer Permitted in NC Public Schools

Never stop praying. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

child-hands-prayer-274x300Legislation that allows students to pray — silently or out loud, alone or with others — to the same extent as students who reflect, meditate or speak on nonreligious matters has been signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory.

Under the new law students may organize prayer groups and/or religious clubs. Students can also express their beliefs in their homework, artwork, or other written assignments, according to Fox affiliate WGHP.

The U.S. Supreme Court first ruled against school-sponsored prayer in 1962 in Engel v. Vitale. Since then, the Justices have consistently ruled against school-sponsored worship, while permitting voluntary student-initiated religious activities. The law signed by Gov. McCrory focuses on voluntary prayer.