Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Plaintiff in 1962 landmark school-prayer case reflects on his role

The United States Supreme Court in the 1962 case of Engel v. Vitale found unconstitutional the reciting of a prayer every morning in the public schools of the State of New York. The sole surviving Plaintiff of that case is Steven Engel, now 82 years old. The First Amendment Center has an article here where Mr. Engel recollects his role in the case and gives a view as to his role on some contemporary issues as well. Engel is opposed to moment of silence laws, vouchers and teaching intelligent design (he calls it a contradiction in terms). The article provides an interesting perspective from a plaintiff of one of the landmark Supreme Court cases removing prayer from the public schools.