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House supports prayers at school sporting events

WASHINGTON (BP)–Prayers at football games and other public-school sporting events are constitutional and should be upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a resolution adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives.
The House approved the nonbinding measure on a voice vote without objection.
The resolution, sponsored by Reps. Henry Bonilla, R.-Texas, and Charles Stenholm, D.-Texas, was offered as a response to a February decision by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In that ruling on a case from Texas, the court said public prayers at interscholastic sporting events are unconstitutional.
The case, Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, has been appealed to the Supreme Court, but the high court has not announced if it will review the decision.
The House resolution, adopted Nov. 2, does not specify if the prayers are to be initiated or led by students.

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