Fish Or Man

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Thing Of Wax

Via KHouse ENews;
"So how did the phrase "separation of church and state" become a part of our vocabulary? On June 25, 1962 in Engel vs. Vitale the US Supreme Court used the "separation of church and state" argument as its basis for banning prayer in public schools. Their decision marked the turning point in the interpretation of the First Amendment. The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." In 1962 the US Supreme Court ignored 170 years of history, legal precedent, and the clear intent of First Amendment, by interpreting that amendment to prohibit religious activities in public settings. The 1962 ruling was the first case in Supreme Court history that did not cite any previous precedents or legal cases in making its decision. Within a year of the court's ruling Bible reading, religious classes, and religious instruction in public schools were also declared unconstitutional."

True to Jefferson's word, the judicial branch was interpreting the Constitution into a thing of wax.

We know the outcome of the first 170 years. Will we survive the next 170?