WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Supreme Court today reversed a Florida Supreme Court ruling that permitted Bible reading and recitation of the Lord's Prayer in public schools.
The high court cited its decisions of last term that devotional exercises of this kind are an "establishment of religion" forbidden by the Constitution.
Florida law requires Bible reading but does not mention other practices.
A group of Miami parents had also objected to baccalaureate programs, questioning children about their religious affiliation and that of their parents; and a religious test for teachers.
The court's brief order today dismissed these complaints "for want of properly presented federal questions."