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New Jersey Orders Schools to Discontinue Prayers, Bible Reading

School boards throughout New Jersey, some of which have shown reluctance to abolish prayer and Bible reading in classrooms, were warned today by the State Department of Education that they have no choice but to discontinue the practices.

Frederick Raubinger, State Commissioner of Education, notified all local and country superintendents and school board secretaries that the recent United States Supreme Court decision, banning the Lord’s Prayer on Bible reading in public schools, clearly overturned a New Jersey law establishing religious observances in schools.

“I have every confidence that, despite whatever individual beliefs and attitudes exist with respect to this decision, boards of education will see to it that the schools obey the law as it is now established,” Mr. Raubinger said.