Prayer In Public Schools – What’s So Hard To Understand?

The appeals court in Texas got it right. The issue is clear and I can’t figure out why it ever comes up. Students are not government officials. They are, err, ah, students. Provided it is not government sanctioned, it is a clear violation of their 1st amendment free speech rights to deny them the right to pray at their graduation or anywhere else. It is also against everyone’s, including the student’s, 1st amendment protection against government establishment of a religious for public employees to pray or encourage prayer. In this case teachers and administrators in their official capacity as teachers and administrators are the public employee in question. In their official capacity, they should not engage in, schedule, or encourage anyone else to pray or not to pray. What public employees do when they’re not acting in their official capacity (or quietly to themselves) is their business.
None of this really has anything to do with individuals cohering anyone to pray or not to pray. This is solely an issue of the government not doing it. And again, the students are not representatives of the government. Teachers and administrators are.