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\"Religion in the Public Schools: A Joint Statement of Current Law,\" issued in 1995 by a representative group of religious organizations, delineates the law on such topics as student prayers and teaching about religion.
Whether it is constitutional or not to open a school board meeting with prayer depends upon a number of factors, including the purpose for having prayer, how individuals offering prayer are selected, and prayer content. Ford describes two important United States Supreme Court prayer cases, Lemon v. Kurtzman and March v. Chambers, then analyzes the law's application in different school board situations.
The political views of Republican Representative Sue Myrick of Charlotte are explored. Myrick has made comments that were offensive to many Muslims about their religion. Also examined is her advisory board membership on The National Council on bible Curriculum in Public Schools. Her support of an organization that is seen as a religious extremist group, but her offensive remarks about religious extremism suggest a double standard held by Myrick between Islam and Christianity.