U.S. Supreme Court Deems Virginia Moment-Of-Silence Law Constitutional

10/30/2001 | Washington Post, The

The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 29 let stand a lower-court ruling that Virginia's requirement that students start the day with a moment of silence doesn't violate the First Amendment. Seven Virginia families, with backing from the ACLU, challenged the law, arguing it violated the constitutional ban on state-sponsored religion. Virginia Attorney General Randolph A. Beales said the state was "delighted to be vindicated" by the high court.

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