In 1962 the Supreme Court ruled that it is impermissible for “state officials” to compose prayers and require that they be recited. They never said students may not pray. They don’t let them cuss, none that I have ever known.
Were the above Justices atheists? Justice Black who wrote the opinion was Baptist. Justice Douglas who wrote a concurring opinion was Presbyterian. The other Justices who voted with the majority were as follows: Justice Clark (Presbyterian), Justice Warren (Protestant), Justice Harlan (Presbyterian), Justice Brennan (Catholic).
Gordon Thompson asks where are the Baptists, Catholics, and Lutherans, etc. on this issue? They have been and are currently well represented on the court that has the final authority to interpret the Establishment Clause that Gordon doesn’t believe exists.