Court OK of student-led school board prayers to be appealed

Source: Associated Press

By KEVIN McGILL

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court in New Orleans will be asked to reconsider its ruling allowing student-led prayer at school board meetings.

On Monday, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in a Texas case that such prayers don’t run afoul of the prohibition against government-established religion.

The American Humanist Association, a plaintiff in the case, disagreed. Monica Miller, a lawyer with the group said in an interview Wednesday that a request for a hearing by the full 15-member court will be filed in the next two weeks.

Conservative groups are applauding the decision. “This is a stinging rebuke to groups that want to cleanse America of prayer,” Mat Starver, chairman of the Florida-based Liberty Counsel, said in a Wednesday news release.

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