Friday, September 21, 2007

Faithfully Guarded

Sept. 21, 1966: The U.S. Senate votes to prohibit voluntary prayers in U.S. Public schools.


“Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence.”

-- Joseph Story, 1833, Commentaries on the Constitution

2 comments:

stumpfbunch said...

When we lived in Texas, I distinctly remember being asked to give the "invocation" for a school awards assembly. There was probably a thousand students/parents present. This was in 1991. I know that I was asked to not dwell too much on "deity" as to not offend others. I was to use phrases like in your name, etc. But, it was essentially a prayer. And really, that wasn't that long ago. Weird huh?! Looking back, I'm surprised that this occured in the "90s"

Democracy Lover said...

Inventing history doesn't make it real. The Supreme Court determined that an official school endorsement of prayer violated the First Amendment's prohibition against the establishment of religion. That is patently obvious. No one has ever, or could ever prohibit prayer in school. Ever student and teacher is free to pray at any time they wish to whatever God they believe in. They just can't "lead" other students in prayer to a God they might not believe in.