Gov. Rick Perry, who launched his presidential campaign touting his jobs record in Texas, is strictly appealing to social conservatives in Iowa now by accusing President Barack Obama of waging a "war on religion" in a new TV ad.,0,40,0">" />" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" />

UPDATE: Perry's charge that Obama is waging a "war on religion" is getting some attention. I thought I'd add this: The claim that kids can't pray in schools doesn't apply in Iowa, according to the state Department of Education.

"As is true of any time of the year, individual or collective student prayer is permissible so long as the prayer does not disrupt or impede the educational mission of the district. (For instance, students cannot organize a prayer group which skips math class to pray.) The corollary to this is that any prayer led by or at the behest of a public school official is in violation of the First Amendment."

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(UPDATE 2) I also found a" target="_blank">document on the U.S. Department of Education's web site, dated Feb. 7, 2003, that says local school agencies, in order to receive certain federal money, must sign a document first that certifies "it has no policy that prevents, or otherwise denies participation in, constitutionally protected prayer in public schools as set forth in this guidance."

And Texas follows that" target="_blank">same policy.