About a month after the complaint was filed, the District Court entered an order that provided, in part: The majoritarian process implemented by the District guarantees, by definition, that minority candidates will never prevail and that their views will be effectively silenced.
The District simply does not evince an intent to open its ceremony to indiscriminate use by the student body generally, see, e. Although the Court apparently believes that solemnizing football games is an illegitimate purpose, the voters in the school district seem to disagree. To assert that high school students do not feel immense social pressure, or have a truly genuine desire, to be involved in the extracurricular event that is American high school football is "formalistic in the extreme.
Our Establishment Clause cases involving facial challenges, however, have not focused solely on the possible applications of the statute, but rather have considered whether the statute has an unconstitutional purpose. Recently, in Board of Regents of Univ.
High school home football games are traditional gatherings of a school community; they bring together students and faculty as well as friends and family from years present and past to root for a common cause.
This is undoubtedly a new requirement, as our Establishment Clause jurisprudence simply does not mandate "content neutrality. Through its election scheme, the District has established a governmental mechanism that turns the school into a forum for religious debate and empowers the student body majority to subject students of minority views to constitutionally improper messages.
We rejected that claim by explaining that such a majoritarian policy "does not lessen the offense or isolation to the objectors. The award of that power alone is not acceptable. That principle is controlling here.
See Board of Regents of Univ. References to particular religious figures "such as Mohammed, Jesus, Buddha, or the like" would be permitted "as long as the general thrust of the prayer is non-proselytizing. See ante, at We thank you for our teachers who have devoted many hours to each of us.
All citations herein are to the Advance Sheets. The elections thus "shall" be conducted "by the high school student council" and "[u]pon advice and direction of the high school principal.
It further empowers the student body majority with the authority to subject students of minority views to constitutionally improper messages. The text of the prayer was to be determined by the students, without scrutiny or preapproval by school officials.
Can this case impact school prayer laws in other ways?
The Court of Appeals majority agreed with the Does. One is the mere passage by the District of a policy that has the purpose and perception of government establishment of religion. It further empowers the student body majority with the authority to subject students of minority views to constitutionally improper messages.
Prayer is a deeply personal experience, best left to an individual, his or her family and conscience. For the foregoing reasons, the policy is invalid on its face. Through its election scheme, the District has established a governmental electoral mechanism that turns the school into a forum for religious debate.
It is conceivable that the election could become one in which student candidates campaign on platforms that focus on whether or not they will pray if elected. Whether a government activity violates the Establishment Clause is "in large part a legal question to be answered on the basis of judicial interpretation of social facts Brief for Petitioner Two students in the audience, one Catholic and the other Mormon, recognized that it was not their prayer being read and thought that something was amiss.
There is a critical difference between private individual speech and speech promoted by the government. Board of Regents of Univ.Santa Fe Independent School District v.
Doe, U.S. () Petitioner: Santa Fe Independent School District Respondent: Doe, et al. Facts: In Santa Fe, Texas, student elections were held by the student body to determine two things: did the students want pre-game invocations and which student would lead the invocation, if the students 96%(23).
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The Santa Fe Independent School District (District) is a political subdivision of the State of Texas, responsible for the education of more than 4, students in a small community in the southern part of the State.Download