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School prayer decision should be overturned


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Segregation once was lawful; it was OK to have separate schools for black and white kids as long as black children weren’t deprived of an education.

The Supreme Court said it was alright for restaurants to post signs saying, “No dogs and Mexicans allowed” as long as other cafes fed Mexicans. The (Supreme) Court ended this “separate but equal” policy, and the Civil Rights Act outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin, and we’re better because of it.

Other cases have been wrongly decided, but the first that should be overturned is the prohibition against school prayer. Every morning, students stood with their teachers and recited The Lord’s Prayer, pledged allegiance to the flag, and sang “America the Beautiful.” The (Supreme) Court abolished school prayer, saying it violated the Constitution’s “establishment clause.” Our founders wouldn’t agree.

Ben Franklin called for prayer at the constitutional convention, “humbly applying to the Father of Lights to illuminate our understanding.” When the Constitution was written, the establishment clause prohibited a national church. What’s in jeopardy today is the “free exercise” clause that keeps government from infringing on our religious beliefs.

Our Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” We’re a Christian nation, and school prayer acknowledges it.

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Ending school prayer sowed dissension and introduced the ideology of secular progressives with their attitude that they, not God, determine what rights we have. When they check their plumbing, they decide if they’re male, female or transgender that day. Prayer, they say, offends atheists and people of other faiths, and we can’t sing carols honoring Christ’s birth because it’s religious indoctrination. They’re hypocrites who’d deny coaches the liberty to lead their players in prayer, but they’d let transgender boys shower with girls.

The Supreme Court has four progressives, three conservatives and two switch hitters. Pray the switch hitters vote with conservatives to halt the infringement of religious liberty. Two justices are in their 80s, and it won’t be until they are replaced by conservatives that we can win back God’s blessings by abolishing abortion and gay marriage.

Respectfully, your knuckle-dragging, Bible-banging, flag-waving neighbor.

Ralph Rivera

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