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Judge Strikes Down Moment of Silence Law

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The Illinois Attorney General is still deciding whether to keep defending a state law that requires a moment of silence in schools. A federal judge ruled yesterday that the law is unconstitutional.

The law required a moment of silence for students to pray or to reflect on the coming day. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman says the true purpose of the law is to quote “promote religion in the public schools.”

Rob Sherman filed the suit on behalf of his daughter, who’s a student at Buffalo Grove High School.

SHERMAN: Kids have the right to pray anytime they want. What we were opposed to is a law that requires a teacher to stop teaching, so that kids can waste time praying, when they should be studying.

Sherman says he thinks the law is discriminatory.

The judge already temporarily halted enforcement of the law. This ruling makes that permanent.

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