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The Nation

A Senate Judiciary subcommittee voted 4 to 1 for a proposed constitutional amendment permitting individual or group silent prayer in public schools. The legislation approved by the Constitution subcommittee went to the full Judiciary Committee. Before the measure can be added to the Constitution, it must be ratified by legislatures of 38 states within seven years. The Supreme Court ruled 6 to 3 on June 4 that public schools may not set aside daily moments of silence if students are told that prayer is one possible activity during the silence.


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