A challenge to prayer
In the 1950s, the New York state school board approved a generic prayer designed to be unoffensive. Relatively short and intentionally inclusive, it reads: "Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our country." However, a Jewish parent Steven I. Engel was offended anyway and sued the Union Free School District. In 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor, saying that giving public school students the option to recite any prayer is unlawful – since it makes it appear that the government is endorsing Christianity. School-taught prayer is banned throughout the United States.