WHEREAS in New Jersey and Massachusetts high school students have been forbidden to meet voluntarily before school started to hear a prayer from the Congressional Record; and

WHEREAS the New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional a law permitting a moment of silence for prayer or meditation; and

WHEREAS no one could reasonably argue that in any of these cases religion was being established by the practices at issue or that the rights of any other person were being infringed by those who chose to participate; and

WHEREAS it is equally obvious that the provisions for the free exercise of religion needs to be strengthened by legislative action, if the courts remain adamant in regard to this issue;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this 54th General Assembly reaffirms its advocacy of suitable legislation by the Congress that will strengthen the Constitutional provision for the free exercise of religion in our national life (54th A., 1972, p. 39).

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