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Hoppe seeks latest legal ruling on campus prayer

November 19, 2001

Following questions about public prayer at campus events, Dr. Sherry Hoppe inquired about laws governing that practice.

According to TBR general counsel, no new case law has overturned the 1995 ruling of U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Echols, Nashville. In Chaudhuri v. State of Tennessee, Echols ruled that "simply offering prayer, whether sectarian or nonsectarian, at a public university graduation or other ceremony does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment."

Hoppe calls for sensitivity on the part of those participating in public services, however, and encourages those in charge of events to include prayer by people of different faiths.