Does anyone remember this case: Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 530 U.S. 290 (2000)? I was reading a book about the political views of Mormons and came across it. Turns out one of the “Does” in this case was a Mormon family, “The suit was filed by a Mormon family and a Catholic family who felt their children were being discriminated against in the overwhelmingly Baptist town of Santa Fe, Texas. Students and teachers alike allegedly mistreated them at school because of their religious beliefs. In this case, the Mormon family living outside of the Mormon Culture Region saw school prayer as a threat, simply because of the context in which they find themselves.”
(p. 16, from Fox, Jeffrey C. 2006. Latter-Day Political Views. Lexington Books.)
I was kind of shocked by this given my experience in high school. I grew up in relatively rural Utah and we prayed before graduation, before soccer games, etc. We prayed in school a lot. Does anyone know if prayer is still common in schools in Utah? If so, what does that say about religion (I’m using Mormonism as a general example here, not a specific one): As long as you’re the majority it’s okay, but as soon as you’re the one that is in the minority and your rights are being trampled upon, it’s not.
The next time your discussing religion’s role in public life and you suggest it should be curtailed because there is a large, non-religious minority in the U.S., if someone says the minority should shut up, reference this case.