Remember last year when Illinois had to deal with an absurd mandatory Moment of Silence law?
High school student (and atheist) Dawn Sherman filed a lawsuit to put a stop to it (via her father Rob Sherman).
Today, a final ruling (PDF) was issued on the matter from Judge Robert Gettleman.
After discussing various aspects of the case, the judge remarked on the proposed Moment of Silence amendment and how it was really a veiled attempt to bring prayer into the classroom despite it’s innocuous-sounding name:
For all of these reasons the court concludes that the amendment has no clear secular purpose, and that the stated purpose is a sham.
Truer words were never spoken. Especially considering the history of the proposed bill.
We all owe Dawn and Rob a debt of gratitude. And as a public school teacher in Illinois, I thank them for making sure I don’t have to implement anything as absurd as this moment of silence in my classroom.
(via Change of Subject)