School Prayer Today Despite the Supreme Court’s decisions, school prayer continues in some public schools, largely due to lack of complaint or protest. If no one objects to a school’s prayer, then the courts will not order the school to stop. Moments of silence also fall under the category of “school prayer.” Free Exercise of Religion The Bill of Rights does not protect all forms of religious expression. For example, murder in the name of religion is still murder and is therefore illegal. Similarly, the government sometimes overrules parents whose religious beliefs conflict with certain medical practices by requiring the parents to have their children vaccinated. The government has gone back and forth over the extent to which it can restrain religious activities. Example: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1993 required the government to accommodate religious behavior unless there is a compelling reason not to. The Supreme Court struck down parts of the act in 1997, claiming that Congress
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