School prayer in Alabama held up by federal judge
A federal judge temporarily barred Alabama from enforcing its new voluntary school prayer law, ruling the state cannot force citizens into religious activity.Skip to next paragraph
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US District Judge W. Brevard Hand's ruling makes the law inoperative until a trial can be held on its constitutionality. He set no trial date. Sources said the state planned to file a motion with the US Supreme Court next week to void Judge Hand's ruling. The ruling came after a two-day hearing with ministers, evangelists, laymen, pupils, and teachers testifying about prayer.