Atheist lawsuit fails to outlaw 'moment of silence' in schools

Students in Illinois have won the right to begin their school day with a "moment of silence," after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case at the request of opponents who argued such behavior promoted prayer in school.

The debate began in 2007 when Illinois state legislators adjusted the wording of a law that made "a brief period of silence" for silent prayer or silent reflection mandatory in schools.

Soon after, Buffalo Grove High School student Dawn Sherman, daughter of well-known Illinois atheist activist Rob Sherman, sued, claiming the moment of silence took time away from her learning.

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