"The public schools of this country serve the admirable function of bringing together on common ground students from a diversity of cultural and religious backgrounds. The introduction of public prayer into such a setting jeopardizes the sense of community and unnecessarily intrudes an emotional and divisive character."

Rabbi David Polish, in testimony on behalf of the Synagogue Council of America, September 8, 1980, United States House of Representatives. (Cited in Great Quotations on Religious Freedom [Amherst, N.Y., Prometheus Books, 2002])

Article Author: David Polish