There are two subjects to avoid on first dates, at dinner parties, at work and…in the classroom: religion and politics. Religion, especially, has been a source of contention for many schools since the early 1960s when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prayer in public schools is unconstitutional.

The prayer that instigated Ahlquist's lawsuit (pictured on a t-shirt). Image courtesy of

Rhode Island teenager Jessica Ahlquist recently found herself in the middle of the debate when she sued her high school to get a prayer removed from its auditorium. Ahlquist won the lawsuit and now the prayer, which has hung in her school for nearly half a century, is covered with a tarp. The small New England town was outraged at the ruling, and residents have been actively fighting for an appeal. Ahlquist stands firm in her defense of the Constitution.

Meanwhile, Florida Senator Gary Siplin sponsored a bill to allow student-led prayer at school-related events. Senate Bill 98 ensures that leading a prayer or sharing an inspirational message is completely optional for students. Siplin also uses the Constitution to support his case, citing the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion.

What is your view on religion in public schools?