It was in 1962, when the United States Supreme Court (Engel v. Vitale) overthrew the decision of the highest court of New York State, and ruled that the following prayer, said in New York State schools, violated the Constitution:
"Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country."
Even though the elements of the prayer are actually embodied in the Declaration of Independence, school children could not acknowledge this fact in prayer. One must remember that this was a non-denominational prayer, in which no school child had to recite.
The Supreme Court judges ignored that the Declaration of Independence recognizes that our dependence is upon a Creator: All men "are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Therefore: Prayer is the Liberty to pursue Happiness in our Life.
The Supreme Court offers the following prayer before every session as the court crier says, "God save the United States and this honorable court."
It is interesting to note that Justice Douglas, in the case mentioned above, says plainly that public school teachers who lead in prayer are doing the same thing that the crier does when Supreme Court session opens. Yet, he still joins with the court in stating that teacher-led non-sectarian prayer in public school is unconstitutional. This ruling was not about the Constitution, the law, or prayer; it was about taking God out of our public schools to make way for the propaganda campaign of atheism that followed and continues today.
Published on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 4:21 AM CDT