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An Ellison Research study finds 90% of Americans feel the law should support religious groups renting public property, such as a public school gym or a library room, for meetings if non-religious groups are allowed to do so. 89% say it should be legal for a public school teacher to permit a “moment of silence” for prayer or contemplation for all students during class time. 88% believe it should be legal for public school teachers to wear religious symbols during class time. 87% say voluntary student-led prayers at public school events should be legal. 83% believe the display of a nativity scene on city property should be legal. 79% say it should be legal to display a copy of the Ten Commandments inside a court building. Surprisingly, a high proportion of non-religious Americans and those with a more liberal political viewpoint share this perspective. For instance, 92% of people who regularly attend religious worship services believe voluntary student-led prayers at public school events should be legal, but 83% of those who do not regularly attend worship services also believe this. (Ellison Research 1/10/08)

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