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Student religious speech OK

Three-quarters of Americans — including those who don't practice a particular faith — think students should be able to express their religion in public schools, according to a poll by the First Amendment Center.

A slight majority of those who don't practice religion (52 percent) think such expression is appropriate.

Eighty percent of Americans said students should be permitted to pray at public school events.

"Most Americans want to keep government out of religion, but they don't see an expression of faith by a student at a public school event as a violation of the separation of church and state," said Ken Paulson, the center's president.


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