Trump issues guidance asserting students' right to pray in school

by Jordyn Pair · Jan 17th, 2020 9:28 am

Last Updated Jan 17th, 2020 at 10:55 am

President Trump issued guidance on Thursday asserting students' First Amendment right to pray in public schools.

"We will not let anyone push God from the public square," Trump said, speaking from the Oval Office for National Religious Freedom Day. "We will uphold religious liberty for all and I want to thank you all."

Trump called the guidance a way to "safeguard" students' religious freedom rights.

"We call this the right to pray," he said. "There is nothing more important than that, I would say."

Other offices issued similar safeguards, with the Office of Management and Budget releasing a memo that will require federal agencies to create grant-making processes that follow First Amendment protections. Nine other agencies are also set to release rules that protect religious freedoms.

The guidance had not been updated since 2003.

Read the updated guidance here.