In 2003, the Texas legislature amended the Texas Education Code, taking a previously optional moment of silence and making it mandatory. The legislature also changed the designated list of options: previously a student could "reflect or meditate"; after the amendment, students could "reflect, pray, meditate, or engage in any other silent activity that is not likely to interfere with or distract another student." Read more
When the “moment of silence” bill first came up for vote in the Illinois legislature years ago, some House members sang a song on the floor to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence.” It went:
Hello, school prayer, our old friend
It’s time to vote on you again
In our school house without warning
You seek a moment in the morning.
The words made very clear these legislators’ intent in proposing the measure: to bring government-sponsored prayer back into the public schools. Read more