A couple weeks ago, Dawn Sherman and her father Rob brought forth a lawsuit trying to block the mandatory moment of silence in Illinois.
Yesterday, a U.S. District judge upheld the lawsuit!
U.S. District Court Judge Robert Gettleman blocked a northwest suburban school district from following the mandate, and he could extend the ban to schools statewide today. In his preliminary ruling, Gettleman found that the law was vague and questioned how teachers and school officials were supposed to follow it and how it was to be enforced.
The court got it absolutely right.
The judge should be ruling today over whether schools across the state will have to follow the mandate.
To reiterate: prayer in school is fine as long as it is not forced.
Rob and Dawn did the right thing by suing and congratulations should go out to them for making this happen!
Rob also provided this excellent soundbyte:
“It’s nice to win one, for a change,” joked the activist, who is often in court battling for atheist causes.
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