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Federal Court Upholds Illinois’ School Moment of Silence Law

October 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Monthly Articles, World News

From SunTimes.com:

A federal appeals court has ruled Illinois’ law requiring a moment of silence in public schools is constitutional because it doesn’t specify prayer.

In its ruling Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled that legislators who supported the bill said the moment of reflection had a secular and practical purpose in settling down students at the start of the school day.

The ruling came in a lawsuit designed to bar schools from enforcing the Illinois Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act.

It was filed by talk show host Rob Sherman, an outspoken atheist activist, and his daughter Dawn, a student at northwest suburban Buffalo Grove High School.

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