Such a practice is unconstitutional, it said in an 8-1 ruling on cases from Maryland and Pennsylvania. The decision would apply also is many other states where such customs are followed as part of schoolday opening classes.
The court did not specify whether such observances would be possible on a permissive, rather than a required basis but did bar the establishment of any such exercises by majority rule.
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