The rights of the people to be free to exercise their religious and philosophical beliefs” includes *by necessity* the right to abstain from the practise of any religious and philosophical beliefs.
This right cannot be guaranteed in any environment wherein a practice of this type is enacted in a state funded context — like a classroom — and the participation is all but compulsory for those present in that they must experience another’s religious practice on their time and against their will.
School ground is not the issue. School TIME *is*. At that point, it becomes STATE time, which makes it STATE religion.
Say hello to theocracy.
[Timothy Jones , on alt.atheism]