November 4, 2011
Pastor told flagpole prayers at schools are unconstitutional; vows to keep praying
Baptist pastor Ron Baker has been leading flagpole prayers at four schools in Florida’s Clay County for 12 years. He has no intention of giving that up, despite a warning from the school district’s attorney that the prayers are unconstitutional.
Here’s the story from the Associated Baptist Press:
Baker originally agreed to stop hosting the prayers. But now he’s going to fight the district’s wishes.
I’m not really sure what the right legal answer is here. I remember when I was in high school, morning prayers were a pretty regular thing at schools in San Diego County. But I think those were led by students; still, I’m not sure how an outside participant would change the constitutional calculus.