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Vitter Disappointed in Tangipahoa School Prayer Case Judge's Position

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Location: Washington, DC

Vitter Disappointed in Tangipahoa School Prayer Case Judge's Position

U.S. Sen. David Vitter today expressed deep disappointment in reaction to news reports stating that U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. has drafted a ruling against the Tangipahoa Parish School Board in their court case against the American Civil Liberties Union.

"Our constitutional fathers didn't intend to prohibit all mention of God or expression of religion. The First Amendment protects the freedom of religion, not freedom from religion," said Vitter.
Last year, Vitter introduced a U.S. Senate resolution that reaffirms that voluntary prayer by an elected body should be protected under law. The resolution also reaffirms that the Supreme Court was right when it said that courts cannot single out and punish religious speech simply because it is religious.

"The U.S. Senate opens every day with a prayer, as does the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislatures across the country. School boards should not be treated any differently," Vitter said.

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