The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits Congress from making any law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise of religion.... The Fourteenth Amendment, which states, "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States...." applies these protections in the states.
Written by Tiffany Beenken
In 2009, when the majority of students at Greenwood High School voted to support a student-led prayer at graduation, my brother, Eric Workman, then 18-years-old and valedictorian of his class, contacted the ACLU of Indiana. With the help of legal director Ken Falk, a lawsuit was filed against the school corporation for violations of First Amendment rights. The graduation went ahead without school sponsored-prayer after a ruling in federal court.