American Christian group demand right to deliver “inspirational messages” in school assemblies
A group promoting fundamentalist Christian values in the United States is demanding the right to deliver “inspirational messages” during public school assemblies.
The American Family Association (AFA) in Kentucky are petitioning governors to enact legislation that permits children to pray in school assemblies and other formal school events.
School prayers have been prohibited in the United States since 1962 when the Supreme Court ruled (in Engel v. Vitale) that government officials had no business writing prayers and compelling school pupils to say them.
The landmark court decision established the framework for secular public schools welcoming students of all faiths as well as those who have no religion.
In their petition to Kentucky governors, the AFA claim the Supreme Court’s 1962 ruling on school prayer “opened the door” to the AIDS epidemic, and the group link the court’s decision to falling SAT scores and a rise in sexually transmitted infections, teenage pregnancies and violence.