First let me just say I'm playing Devil's Advocate for the sake of inspiring thought:
But I don't understand why striking out the moment of silence in schools is so offensive to some atheists. I actually appreciate taking a moment of silence to reflect the passing of a co-worker/friend/family member without prayer.
And although the idea of prayer is ridiculous to me, I can't see how the mention of the word would hurt.
I understand that some families have gotten to their kids early and have not given their kids the tools to distinguish a moment of silence versus actually praying, but... c'mon. Court decisions that attack a basic concept like a small moment of not speaking so that we can remember someone who has died is only going to make us look bad.
I'm just saying...