Why can't you pray?
By Jim Nelson

The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld an appeals court ruling that prayer before a high school football game, even when given by students chosen by their peers, violated the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Writing for the majority, Justice John Paul Stevens stated that since students were only able to deliver religious messages deemed "appropriate" by the school district, that meant "minority candidates will never prevail and that their views will be effectively silenced."

Readers part of
Guardian success

By Russ Anderson

Ascend the stairs leading to The Georgia Guardian's Indian Street offices and you will see dozens of plaques and certificates attesting to the staff's professionalism, hard work and success over the years. The paper captured eight more awards in the 2000 Georgia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, two local awards for Web page design, another for advertising and still another for community service. -more-


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