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By Gary Zacharias

The canopy of this access within the invoice of Rights series--a photograph of grade-school teenagers praying at their desks--makes this e-book seem deceptively effortless to learn. in reality, the essays constituting the textual content are not any approach diluted for college kids. a chain foreword discusses the invoice of Rights and the superb Court's accountability to interpret them, and an creation specializes in matters surrounding prayer in colleges. the remainder of the publication is split into chapters made from brief essays protecting subject matters starting from the early heritage of non secular rights to the free-exercise clause and the ideal court docket. quite a few elements of every subject are thought of. for example, within the bankruptcy facing views on faith in the US, one author discusses how the separation of church and country advantages faith, whereas one other argues that the best Court's judgements were unsuitable. Notes at the origins of the invoice of Rights and a brief survey of proper excellent court docket judgements are appended. immediately textual content with out images marks this for severe scholars. Titles overlaying six of the ten amendments comprising the invoice of Rights at the moment are on hand.

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Under that Amendment’s prohibition against governmental establishment of religion, as reinforced by the provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment, government in this country, be it state or federal, is without power to prescribe by law any particular form of prayer which is to be used as an official prayer in carrying on any program of governmentally sponsored religious activity. Why the Prayer Is Unconstitutional There can be no doubt that New York’s state prayer program officially establishes the religious beliefs embodied in the Regents’ prayer.

There can, of course, be no doubt that New York’s program of daily classroom invocation of God’s blessings as prescribed in the Regents’ prayer is a religious activity. It is a solemn avowal of divine faith and supplication for the blessings of the Almighty. The nature of such a prayer has always been religious, none of the respondents has denied this and the trial court expressly so found: The religious nature of prayer was recognized by Jefferson and has been concurred in by theological writers, the United States Supreme Court and State courts and administrative officials, including New York’s Commissioner of Education.

Mason had been a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, but had refused to sign the Constitution because it did not have a bill of rights. He had been the principal author in 1776 of Virginia’s Declaration of Rights. ” Although Virginia ratified the Constitution, Rhode Island and North Carolina did not do so until after Congress had adopted the Bill of Rights. The first Congress produced the Bill of Rights, but without the unanimous enthusiasm of all its members. Some members of the Congress opposed the proposal for a bill of rights on the ground that it was unnecessary because the Constitution did not grant the government any power to deal with religion or other rights retained by the people.

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