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Sandra Day O`Connor on Principles & Values


Ok to mention God in banners in public schools

A few years ago some lawyers approached my wife and me to inform us that our "THINK BIG" banners could no longer be displayed in public schools. Because G stands for God, they felt that was clearly a violation of the establishment clause of the First Amendment. We informed them that the First Amendment prohibits government suppression of religious expression and a rather vigorous argument ensued. I was going to the Supreme Court the very next week to receive the Jefferson Award, and I figured I would ask Justice Sandra Day O'Connor while I was there. I did, and she said they had no idea what they were talking about, and that of course you could put such a banner in a public school without violating any part of the Constitution. The audacity of some of the secularists who try to get God out of everything with no legitimate legal backing is astonishing, and they must be challenged and their objections defeated if our value system is to survive.
Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p.193 , Jan 24, 2012

Served in Arizona as State Senator and trial judge

Sandra Day O'Connor, the 1st woman to be appointed to the US Supreme Court, serving from 1981 to 2006, is renowned for her political independence and pragmatic decisions. As a moderate conservative on a polarized court, she often casts the swing vote on contentious issues. Prior to her nomination to the Supreme Court, O'Connor served in Arizona as assistant attorney general, trial judge, state senator, and member of the Arizona Court of Appeals.
Source: Be the Change, by Michelle Nunn, p.201 , Nov 1, 2006

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