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SECTION 1 INTRODUCTION A According to the First Amendment the enactment of any law establishing a religion is prohibited Under the supervision of the Constitution Congress cannot interfere with the freedom of religion however the Fourteenth Amendment does not allow the states or their officials to limit the basic rights of all citizens B In the case of Engel v Vitale the Board of Regents for the State of New York approved a short voluntary prayer to be recited at the start of school each day A group of parents whose children attended the School District disagreed with this religious practice and argued that the reading of a nondenominational prayer at the start of the school day violates the establishment of religion clause of the First Amendment C In the opinion of the childrens parents the use of the official prayer in the public school was contrary to the beliefs religions or religious practices of both themselves and their children Engel v Vitale The parents aimed to challenge the constitutionality of the School Districts authorization of the use of prayer in public schools In the eyes of the New York State Board of Regents the prayer was a Statement on Moral and Spiritual Training in the Schools Engel v Vitale The state officials declared that the statement will be subscribed to by all men and women of good will and they call upon all of them to aid in giving life to the program Supreme Court Collection D The court case of Engel v Vitale originated in the state of New York and was brought to the attention of a New York State Court by the malcontented parents of their children enrolled in the public school system Reasoning behind the case being sustained within the state of New York rests as it was the place of origin as well as it was in fact the School District of New York under inquiry After the confrontation
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