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Answers to prayer questions

A few years ago, the American Constitution Center conducted a poll to assess the country’s constitutional literacy and drew a depressing conclusion: Americans revere the Constitution but have virtually no idea what it says or means. If that conclusion seems a bit over the top, consider some of the more indignant reactions to two recent court opinions applying the religion clauses of the First Amendment . In a case close to home, Judge Sarah Evans Barker ruled that a public high school’s graduating class could not vote to have prayer at its official ceremony. A decision with more national scope held that a presidential designation of a Day of Prayer is improper. I found the homegrown case particularly ironic, since I invented a virtually identical fact situation a few years ago … Read entire article »

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Spotlight on public prayer

Two recent court decisions have once again put the spotlight on government-sponsored prayer. A federal court in Indiana issued an injunction to prevent a student-led, school-sponsored prayer at Greenwood High School’s graduation. And a federal court in Wisconsin held that, as enacted, the National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional. Not surprisingly, those who support public prayer have voiced their opposition to these rulings.However, it appears clear that proponents of public prayer seem to misunderstand several fundamental principles (or perhaps understand but choose to ignore them). First, it is absolutely critical to recognize that neither judge in any way prohibits prayer. Americans, including students at Greenwood, remain free to pray. They can pray in their respective houses of worship, at home, at work, on the street corner, or even in school. A student … Read entire article »

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