I graduated from high school just in time in 1961. The following year some parents in New York sued because this nondenominational voluntary prayer was recited in schools each morning:
“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country. Amen.”
The Landmark Supreme Court case Engel V. Vitale in 1962 was a dark day in American History when six men established the “Separation of Church and State” law. I sincerely believe that not one single signer of the United States Constitution or Founding Father would agree with the six justices. The men, Earl Warren, Hugo Black, William O. Douglas, Tom C. Clark, John M. Harlan II and William J. Brennan, Jr. did something that the First Amendment prohibits Congress from doing. The First Amendment simply states:
” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Clearly our Founding Fathers did not want the government to establish a state religion such as the Church of England where taxes went to support a state church. Church services were conducted in the United States Capitol Building and prayer was and is an integral part of our government from the time Christopher Columbus first set foot in America and named the land “Holy Savior” or “San Salvador.”
I guess just because Congress can make no law establishing or prohibiting the free exercise of religion doesn’t mean the Supreme Court can make no law because that is exactly what they did. Those men swore an oath on the Holy Bible to uphold and defend the Constitution. I took that same oath just as everyone who ever served in the Armed Forces; The difference is that I meant it. In the early days of our Nation’s History, you would find Bibles in every classroom and even the government paid to print Bibles. The Preamble to virtually every State Constitution gives thanks to Almighty God. Are all State Constitutions unconstitutional? Now God has been banned from our government and our schools, how’s that working?
Oddly enough, Supreme Court Justices have continued to enjoy the Federal Christmas Holiday.