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In the late 1950s in New Hyde Park New York the bell rings and morning announcements are made All the students together say a prayer Almighty God we acknowledge our dependence upon The and we beg They blessings upon us our parents teachers and our country Hass 7 This prayer is followed by The Pledge of Allegiance No one though much of this prayer it was just a part of normal school life It was created by The New Hyde Park School Board and was said to favor no religion and be generally universal There was not a problem with this until five parents argued this policy Lenore Lyons Monroe Lerner Stephen Engel Daniel Lichtenstein and Lawrence Roth Simmon Two were Jewish one was Unitarian one was involved in Ethical Curture Society which focused on social welfare one was an Atheist The said that the first amendment was being violated The first amendment prohibits the government from passing laws establishing a religion So the students were left with a few options say the prayer but not believe in it stand silent or walk out of the room when the prayer was being recited The parents argued that this was not fair because they would stand out from the other students and there would be pressure put on them to say it So the five parents put an article in the local newspaper and spread the word They had about fifty followers with them Haas 28 They decided to take their case to court In 1791 Madison wrote the Bill of Rights which mentioned religion in the first amendment The law was that no religion can be supported and no religion can be inhibited by the federal government It is the separation of church and state also discussed by Thomas Jefferson This law stated that no state could set up a church pass religious laws force a person to a church
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