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Statement of Administration Policy: S. 47 - Voluntary School Prayer Act

September 06, 1985

STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY

(Senate)
(Helms (R) North Carolina and 3 others)

As the President has often stated, the Administration strongly supports voluntary prayer in public schools. The Administration urges, however, the enactment of S.J. Res. 3 in lieu of S. 47.

In contrast with S. 47, which would bar the Supreme Court and Federal district courts from reviewing school prayer cases,

S.J. Res. 3 would: (1) state that nothing in the Constitution prohibits spoken or silent prayers by individuals or groups in public institutions; (2) guarantee that no individual would be required to participate in prayer; and (3) prohibit the Federal or State governments from composing any prayer to be recited in public schools.

Ronald Reagan, Statement of Administration Policy: S. 47 - Voluntary School Prayer Act Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/326980