ND Lawmakers Approve Measure Allowing Students to Participate in “Student-Initiated Prayer”

It's in response to a past Supreme Court ruling

NORTH DAKOTA — North Dakota lawmakers have approved a measure that states students cannot be stopped from participating in any “student-initiated prayer” at public or non-public schools.

Supporters of the measure said it’s in response to an incident at a football game two years ago between two parochial high schools during a playoff game.

Because the playoff game was hosted by the state high school association, they did not allow the pre-game prayer broadcasts over the loudspeakers, the result of which was a 2000 Supreme Court ruling.

While many said it is a victory for religious freedom, because the measure doesn’t address broadcasting, the high school association said it doesn’t change their banning prayer over a loudspeaker in the future.

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