Student-led prayers will continue in Texas and beyond

Student-led prayers will continue in Texas and beyond

A leader in the Christian legal field isn’t surprised that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review a case filed by the American Humanist Association challenging prayer before school board meetings near Dallas.

In March, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in favor of the Birdville Independent School District that allows students to open school board meetings with student-initiated prayers. So the progressive organization fought back by taking it to the next level: to the Supreme Court.

Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel founder and chairman, believes the American Humanist Association v. Birdville Independent School District petition was unanimously rejected by the Supreme Court last week because of Town of Greece v. Galloway. In that May 2014 case, the high court ruled in favor of a city in upstate New York that opened city council meetings with prayer.


“It was unanimous because the Supreme Court of the United States has spoken on this issue not very long ago,” contends Staver. “Not with regards to school boards but with regards to the local governmental level – and the precedent is exactly the same. I think after this, you’re going to see more and more school boards allow this kind of prayer and certainly not be intimidated.”

Birdville ISD has been allowing elementary and middle school students to open board meetings with a statement or prayer since 1997.