Student-led prayers in Greenville Co. public schools challenged in court

The humanist advocacy group that challenged Christian prayers at Greenville County School graduation ceremonies is renewing its legal battle, asking in a new appeal that student-led prayers be ruled unconstitutional, The State reports.

The appeal, filed Tuesday in the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals by the American Humanist Association, asks that a South Carolina federal district judge’s ruling in May be overturned.

The original suit, filed in 2013, challenged the school district’s practice of school-sponsored prayers at graduation ceremonies, which had dated back to 1951.

The school district then clarified that it would only allow prayers if they are student-initiated and don’t create a disturbance, which U.S. District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks ruled was acceptable.

However, the humanist group said in its appeal that the judge’s decision still allows the district to authorize religious prayers, which violates the rights of a non-theist Greenville County student.

via Student-led prayers in Greenville Co. public schools challenged in court | The State.

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