How well do you know the First Amendment? Our quiz series will test your knowledge on each of the five tenets of the First Amendment and challenge your assumptions about the ways the First Amendment protects human rights in the United States. This quiz covers some general information about your First Amendment protected freedom of religion.
False: Public school teachers are considered state actors. Even though a prayer may seem non-denominational, it can still be construed as establishing one religion or showing preference toward a certain religion.
It depends, but it usually is a violation. This is a common point of conflict between local governments and First Amendment watchdog groups, and different lower courts don’t always agree. Generally, if the Ten Commandments statue is displayed inside or near a courthouse or lawmaking establishment, it is ruled unconstitutional. Sometimes courts make an exception if the statue has "historical" rather than "religious" significance. Ten Commandment statues on public property that are not near a courthouse or statehouse are often, but not always permitted. Basically, it shouldn't ever seem like religious law is influencing the legal system.