I’ve told y’all a little about the culture I grew up in, so just for shits and giggles I decided to list every violation of the first amendment’s establishment clause that occurred during my schooling (the ones I remember, anyway)
· My high school only stopped having prayer over the intercom in 2000, when the supreme court ruled against prayer at football games
· In 5th grade, the Gideons brought Bibles to my class. The teacher stressed that we didn’t have to take them, but it is still illegal to distribute them.
· In Jr. High, a few teachers gave extra credit for attending talks at churches or other large-scale religious activities that had no educational component
· There was an official prayer at my high school graduation
· In home economics class, we were forced to write a paper on why abstinence was the best prevention for teen pregnancy, even if we supported comprehensive sex ed and birth control use
· The Christian club in Jr. High gave a play during school hours. Arrangements were made for students who did not want to attend to congregate under supervision in another area, but in practice, many teachers did not fool with letting the one or two objecting students per class go to the other area.
· On a Jr. High school-sponsored Spring Break trip, prayer happened before meals on several occasions.
· We had a Bible History class that was not critical or neutral, and we used a textbook created for Christian schools
· We had a party in Bible History and the teacher prayed before we ate
· In High school Pre-Calculus class, there was a student whose father died. He decided to come to school anyway for emotional support. Our teacher led the class in prayer with him.
· I got in trouble with the school counselor, and she spoke to my dad at church instead of having an official school conference. (This may not technically be a violation, but I think it’s unprofessional)
· Local youth ministers visited the school during lunch to eat with their students (this isn’t technically a violation, but in practice, they were more freely given guest passes than other groups)
There are probably many more…