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Topics in the News: School Prayer


Marco Rubio on Education : Jun 19, 2012
Silent on voluntary school prayer

Behind the scenes many Democrats considered Rubio someone with whom they could work. The most skilled politicians understand that their opponents need to perform for their constituents, but they still can be reasonable negotiators behind closed doors. They deliver piercing lines when the audience is present or the video cameras are rolling, but are less strident when the paying patrons have gone home and the klieg lights are dimmed. Rubio earned a reputation as someone who understood this, and it only helped him raise his statue and spread good-will.

Rubio could be careful on controversial issues. Conservative lawmakers tried to engage him on voluntary school prayer and abortion, but "he was nowhere to be found," an influential conservative Florida lawmaker said. "I always thought it was a shame because Marco was obviously the most gifted orator."

Click for Marco Rubio on other issues.   Source: The Rise of Marco Rubio, by Manuel Rogi-Franzia, p.110

Mitt Romney on Families & Children : Feb 3, 2012
Newt Gingrich's Family Values compared to Mitt's

Do Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich agree on Family Values? (Yes, but Newt focuses on a moral basis while Mitt focuses on practical aspects). Do they both like school prayer? (No; Newt is for it; Mitt is not). OnTheIssues' paperback book explores how Mitt's economic issue stances differ from Newt's, and where they are similar. We cite details from Mitt's books and speeches, and Newt's, so you can compare them, side-by-side, on issues like these:

Mitt vs. Newt on Social Issues

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: Paperback: Mitt vs. Newt On The Issues

Mitt Romney on Education : Jan 1, 2012
Gov. Perry's education policy stances compared to Romney's

Do Perry and Romney agree on school prayer? (No, only Perry is for it). Do they both want to abolish the Department of Education (No; Romney no longer wants that, but Perry does). We cite details from Romney's books and speeches, and Perry's, so you can compare them, side-by-side, on issues like these:

Romney vs. Perry on Social Issues

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: Paperback: Perry vs. Romney On The Issues

Ted Cruz on Principles & Values : Jul 17, 2011
Defend Ten Commandments and "under God" in the Pledge

Ted Cruz repeatedly defended the right to free speech and religious expression, including in a landmark decision protecting the Texas Ten Commandments monument. That US Supreme Court victory set a vitally important precedent for the right to display similar monuments across the nation. In addition, Cruz led the way on several cases that preserved the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and allows students to observe a moment of silence in schools.
Click for Ted Cruz on other issues.   Source: Campaign website, www.tedcruz.org, "Issues"

Rick Perry on Principles & Values : Feb 11, 2011
Unelected judges shouldn't tell us when & where we can pray

The American people are fed up with bureaucrats telling them how to live their lives calling the shots on the healthcare insurance they must buy and unspooling more red tape than anyone can handle.

They are also fed up with unelected judges telling the when and where they can pray or observe the Ten Commandments.

This simmering frustration erupted in an overwhelming landslide of conservative voices on election night including members of that new, legitimate force the TEA Party movement.

Click for Rick Perry on other issues.   Source: Speech at 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference

Sarah Palin on Principles & Values : Nov 23, 2010
Fought each Xmas as mayor to keep Jesus manger in Wasilla

When I was mayor of Wasilla, I had to fight for six Christmases to keep the baby Jesus manger scene on display on Wasilla Lake. And the Ten Commandments are becoming harder to find in American courthouses than unicorns.

Most Americans are honestly puzzled about why these religious displays are so darn controversial. The fact is that these challenges reflect more than just theoretical, legal, and constitutional differences. They are evidence of a profound cultural divide. According to a 2008 Pew poll, 92% of Americans believe in God or a universal spirit, and more than half of us pray at least once a day. And yet we have an influential academic and legal elite that not only fails to share this belief, but seems actively hostile to it.

Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p.210

Sarah Palin on Principles & Values : Nov 23, 2010
Elites in "lame stream media" consider Americans alien

What is threatening about the Ten Commandments, a moral code that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, the religions that account for 97% of all Americans believers, recognizes as the basis for living a good life? Why can't people just live and let live?

Part of the answer is the cultural divide between our governing elites and the mass of the American people. Most of those who write for the mainstream media and teach at universities and law schools don't share the religious faith of their fellow Americans. They seem to regard people who believe in God and regularly attend their church or synagogue as alien beings, people who are "largely poor, uneducated and easy to command," as the Washington Post once famously put it. Perhaps for this and other obvious reasons, I often refer to the conventional press as the "lame stream media." The truth is that we ARE alien--to them.

Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p.215

Rick Perry on Education : Nov 15, 2010
Public prayer is not establishing a religion

The Court turned 175 years of American history on its head when in 1962 it ended state-sponsored school prayer in New York and in 1963 ended the reading of the Lord's Prayer and Bible verses in schools in Pennsylvania. By 1992, the Court had extended these restrictions to moments of silence and to prayer at public graduations ceremonies. You see, public prayer is deemed part of the "establishment" of religion, and thus, both principles of federalism and the right to free exercise of religion are ignored and trampled on. Someone should mention something about the travesty of public prayer to the Congress, whose chaplain leads the Senate and the House in prayer at the opening of every session.
Click for Rick Perry on other issues.   Source: Fed Up!, by Gov. Rick Perry, p.102-103

Rick Perry on Principles & Values : Nov 15, 2010
Prohibiting school prayer is federal overreach

The state of federalism today I see firsthand in Texas. For the years 2010-2011, our budget is just over $180 billion. Of that, 36 percent, or just $65 billion, is money Texans pay in taxes to Washington, and that is sent back with countless strings to tell us how to spend it. It includes money for health care, education, transportation, and countless other domestic programs not mentioned among those 17 clauses enumerating the powers of the central government.

But the problem goes far deeper than that. Prohibition on school prayer, the redefinition of marriage, the nationalization of health care, the proliferation of federal criminal laws, interference with local education, the increased regulation of food --even telling us what kind of lightbulb we can use--there is seemingly no end to the reach of Washington.

What happened to our country? Such policies represent an almost complete abandonment of a limited central government rooted in federalism.

Click for Rick Perry on other issues.   Source: Fed Up!, by Gov. Rick Perry, p. 36-37

Newt Gingrich on Education : May 17, 2010
School prayer ban shows secular socialists oppose God

The left-wing Democrats who currently control the White House, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and many state capitols are committed to a secular-socialist ideology that is alien to America's history and traditions.

Traditional America values hard work, entrepreneurship, innovation, and merit-based upward mobility. But the secular-socialist machine rewards its members, punishes "overachievers," kills job by over-taxing small businesses, and even exploits your death to tax the savings you hope to pass on to your children and grandchildren.

Traditional America was based on a profound belief that "we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights." But secular socialists are so opposed to God in public life that they can't tolerate school prayer or even allow a cross to stand in the middle of the Mojave Desert.

Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: To Save America, by Newt Gingrich, p. 2

Newt Gingrich on Education : May 17, 2010
Since 1963 school prayer ban, teen pregnancy & drugs are up

The move toward secularism has harmed American society. Look at the problems affecting today's teenagers, compared to the same data for 1963, the year the Supreme Court banned school prayer. Did the elimination of school prayer help our schools? No. To the contrary, the decline of morality in school and in society overall has given rise to a destructive pattern that the late Senator Pat Moynihan captured perfectly in his article, "Defining Deviancy Down."
Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: To Save America, by Newt Gingrich, p. 32

Sarah Palin on Principles & Values : Nov 10, 2009
OpEd: Press accused all of Palin's family of iniquities

Immediately after McCain picked Palin as his running mate in Aug. 2008, the entire press corps was air-dropped into Alaska to dig up dirt on the governor and her family. Within a week Palin had been accused of faking her last pregnancy, cheating on her husband, firing the town librarian for her refusal to ban books, belonging to an extremist religion ("Christianity"), not knowing that the founding fathers didn't write the Pledge of Allegiance, and lying about opposing the Bridge to Nowhere--all false and all repeated to one degree or another in mass-media outlets. Palin's family was accused of a variety of iniquities: her Iraq-bound son was said to have been a juvenile delinquent, her husband charged with strong-arming the Alaska public safety commissioner, and her sister portrayed as a bitter divorcee. And, of course, Palin's 18-year-old daughter was cheerfully depicted as a trollop for being pregnant and unmarried.
Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: Guilty, by Ann Coulter, p.136-137

Sarah Palin on Principles & Values : Sep 17, 2008
When I hear our National Anthem, I get a lump in my throat

Q: What motivates you? What made you want to get into the political world?

A: My love of this country. I’m one of those people, you know, I see a soldier walk through the airport and, you know, my heart does a little double-take. And I hear the Pledge of Allegiance or our National Anthem and I get a lump in my throat. And know that that’s the majority of Americans. Also, I am so proud, have been so proud of our country, every step of the way. We’ve made mistakes. We learn from our mistakes.

Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: 2008 Fox News interview on “Hannity & Colmes”

Jesse Ventura on Education : Apr 1, 2008
Requiring the Pledge of Allegiance brainwashes students

When the MN legislature passed a Pledge of Allegiance bill that would have required public school students to recite the Pledge, I had my veto pen ready again. That was the way my 4th and final, legislative session ended. Let me expand on my reasoning a little bit. Take the "under God" part of the Pledge. If there is a child in school whose parents are atheists, why should there be a reference to God that they are forced to say? Yet what kid won't do so, rather than face that pressure from their peers if they refuse?

Especially at these young ages, I call it brainwashing to make it mandatory to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. If a teacher wants to make this part of the classroom, all they need to do is simply say, "You know, I'm very patriotic. And every morning when you come into class, I'm going to stand up and say a Pledge of Allegiance to my country. You're welcome to join me if you'd like."

Click for Jesse Ventura on other issues.   Source: Don`t Start the Revolution, by Jesse Ventura, p.187-188

Barack Obama on Principles & Values : Jan 15, 2008
Despite attack email, pledges Allegiance & uses Bible

Q: There is a lot of false information about you circulating on the Internet. One e-mail in particular alleges that you are trying to hide the fact that you are Muslim; that you took the oath of office on the Koran and not the Bible; that you will not pledge allegiance to the flag. How does your campaign combat this kind of thing?

A: First of all, let’s make clear what the facts are. I am a Christian. I have been sworn in with a Bible. I pledge allegiance and lead the Pledge of Allegiance sometimes in the US Senate, when I’m presiding. But you know, in the Internet age, there are going to be lies that are spread all over the place. Fortunately the American people are smarter than folks give them credit for. My job is to tell the truth, to be straight with the American people about my vision for where the country needs to go. If I’m doing that effectively, then I place my trust in the American people that they will sort out the lies from the truth and they will make a good decision.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2008 Democratic debate in Las Vegas

Mitt Romney on Families & Children : Jun 17, 2007
Strong military, strong economy, and strong families

A Boy Scout-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer set the stage for former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s family-values appearance in Cedar Rapids. Romney stressed his core beliefs in a strong military, a strong economy and strong families. “Family-oriented American people, God-fearing people who love liberty, who will sacrifice for liberty, that is the source of America’s strength,” said Romney. “It always has been, it always will be.”
Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: Danny Valentine, Des Moines Register

Mike Huckabee on Education : Jun 1, 2007
Ending school prayer was one step in society’s moral decay

How did we move in one generation from a society with a shared, confident sense of right to a society of relativism and moral decay? The first step to answering that question is to admit there isn’t just one answer. I’ve heard that it all started when we took prayer out of schools. That’s a simplistic answer. It wasn’t just prayer in schools; it wasn’t just TV; it wasn’t just Watergate; it wasn’t just welfare.

If any force is going to overcome a free, prosperous country like America, it won’t happen all at once. Amreica has a solid foundation of liberty, personal dignity, and opportunity.

The only way to destroy something with that kind of foundation is to chip away at it, one value at a time. Take away its heart and essence. Bring doubt to what used to be confidence, denial to what used to be faith, death to what was life. I think that is what has happened.

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Character Makes a Difference, by Mike Huckabee, p.107-109

Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Jun 1, 2007
Ten Commandments are basis for appropriate behavior

As a teenager, I often would hear my pastor say, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” Corporate leaders, political leaders, church leaders, and families are at their best when they are motivated by principles.

What are some principles worth living by? Ask a roomful of people, and you will get a roomful of answers. There already exists a code of principles established thousands of years ago & adhered to by people from a variety of religious backgrounds. It has been accepted as a basis for appropriate behavior. Fortunately, no one has copyrighted the Ten Commandments.

Although some attempts have been made to prohibit these principles from being displayed, they have survived through the ages. They are the foundation of our laws and commonly accepted codes of human behavior.

The Ten Commandments are divided into two sections--the vertical laws dealing with man’s relationship with God and the horizontal laws dealing with man’s relationship with others.

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Character Makes a Difference, by Mike Huckabee, p. 74-75

Newt Gingrich on Civil Rights : Dec 31, 2006
Five justices banned school prayer against American majority

The views by the media-academic-legal elite are completely at odds with the overwhelming majority of Americans. Once five justices decided we could not pray in schools or at graduation or could not display the Ten Commandments, we lost those rights. If five justices decide we cannot say that our nation is “under God,” then we will also lose that right.

They are not only arbitrarily rewriting the law of the land but are usurping the legitimate rights of the legislative branch to make the laws.

Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: Rediscovering God in America, by Newt Gingrich, p.132-133

Newt Gingrich on Education : Dec 31, 2006
Removing “God” from Pledge assaults our identity

There is no attack on American culture more destructive and more historically dishonest than the secular Left’s relentless effort to drive God out of America’s public square. The 2002 decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that the phrase “under God” is unconstitutional represents a fundamental assault on our American identify. A court that would unilaterally modify the Pledge of Allegiance as adopted by the Congress in 1954, signed by President Eisenhower, and supported by 91% of the American people is a court that is clearly out of step with an America that understands that our unalienable rights come from God.
Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: Rediscovering God in America, by Newt Gingrich, p. 6

Newt Gingrich on Education : Dec 31, 2006
Removing God from Pledge of Allegiance assaults our identity

There is no attack on American culture more destructive and more historically dishonest than the relentless effort to drive God out of America’s public square. The 2002 decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that the phrase “under God” is unconstitutional represents a fundamental assault on our American identity. A court that would unilaterally modify the Pledge of Allegiance as adopted by the Congress in 1954, signed by President Eisenhower, and supported 91% of the American people is a court that is clearly out of step with an America that understands that our unalienable rights come from God.

How can the judiciary, including the Supreme Court, overrule the culture & maintain its moral authority? It can’t. The Supreme Court begins each day with the proclamation “God save the United States and this honorable Court.” This phrase was not adopted as a ceremonial phrase of no meaning: it was adopted because justices in the 1820s actually wanted to call on God to save the US & the Court

Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: Rediscovering God in America, by Newt Gingrich, p. 6

Newt Gingrich on Education : Dec 1, 2006
Reference to God in Pledge of Allegiance is not ceremonial

The Pledge of Allegiance does not contain a “ceremonial” reference to God. The term under God was inserted deliberately by Congress to draw the distinction between atheistic tyranny (the Soviet Union) and a free society whose freedoms were based on the God-given rights of each person. As the report accompanying the law asserted: “From the time of our earliest history, our peoples and our institutions have reflected the traditional concept that our Nation was founded on a fundamental belief in God.”
Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: [X-ref Homeland] Gingrich Communications website, newt.org

Barack Obama on Families & Children : Oct 1, 2006
Listening to evangelicals bridges major political fault line

Today, white evangelical Christians are the heart and soul of the Republican Party’s grassroots base. It is their issues-abortion, gay marriage, prayer in schools, intelligent design, Terri Schiavo, the posting of the Ten Commandments in the courthouse, home schooling, voucher plans, and the makeup of the Supreme Court-that often dominate the headlines and serve as one of the major fault lines in American politics. The single biggest gap in party affiliation is between those who attend church regularly and those who don’t. Democrats, meanwhile, are scrambling to “get religion,” even as a core segment of our constituency remains stubbornly secular, and fears that the agenda of an assertively Christian nation may not make room for them or their life choices.

The evangelists’ success points to a hunger for the product they are selling, a hunger that goes beyond any particular issue or cause. They need an assurance that somebody out there cares about them, is listening to them.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama, p.201-2

Sarah Palin on Education : Jul 31, 2006
Pledge of Allegiance with ‘Under God’ is good enough

Q: Are you offended by the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance?

A: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.

Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: Eagle Forum 2006 Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire

Mike Huckabee on Education : Nov 1, 2002
Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: 2002 AR Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test

Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Oct 1, 2000
10 Commandments: principles to live by, not just pop culture

Corporate leaders, political leaders, church leaders, and families are at their best when they are motivated by principles rather than public opinion. What are some principles worth living by? There already exists a code of principles established thousands of years ago and adhered to by people from a variety of religious backgrounds. It has been accepted as a basis for appropriate behavior. Fortunately, no one has copyrighted the Ten Commandments.

Although some attempts have been made to prohibit these principles from being displayed, they have survived through the ages. They are the foundation for most of our laws and commonly accepted code of human behavior.

A person who has no standard to live by other than the culture of the moment is a person whose principles might as well come from the latest public opinion polls. This would be like repairing an appliance by holding it against a mirror rather than reading the directions to determine how it should be performing.

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Living Beyond Your Lifetime, by Mike Huckabee, p. 22-26

Jesse Ventura on Education : Jul 2, 2000
Public schools can’t advocate religion; private prayer OK

By being so afraid to go anywhere near a religious event or topic, the government soon begins to look like it’s discouraging religious practice. The issue over school prayer is a prime example of how sticky this can get. The Supreme Court has repeatedly said no to public school systems that have tried to start their school day with a reading from the Bible or a nondenominational prayer-as well they should: Public schools have no business using their authority to advocate religion. But how far do you take that? Do you want to say that nobody can pray if they’re inside a public building, in case they might offend somebody?

If you go tell a bunch of school kids they’re not allowed to pray when they feel like it, you’re directly violating the “free exercise” clause. I bet we could reach some middle ground. How about a “quiet room,” that could function as a nondenominational chapel?

Click for Jesse Ventura on other issues.   Source: Do I Stand Alone, by Jesse Ventura, p.107-11

Jeb Bush on Education : Mar 20, 1999
School prayer OK if prayers are voluntary and student-led

No longer faced with a sure-fire veto by the governor, a Republican-heavy group of lawmakers is resurrecting a controversial school-prayer bill for the first time in three years. "Children should be allowed to pray if they choose to so long as all religions are respected and it's not during class time," said one state Rep. State law permits public schools to offer secular Bible or religion study as an extracurricular activity, but the House measure would allow students to lead a public, nonsectarian prayer at graduations, school athletic events and some assemblies.

The measure is virtually identical to a bill that made it through the Legislature in 1996 but was killed by then-Gov. Lawton Chiles, a Democrat who vowed to veto any future school-prayer legislation that crossed his desk. In Gov. Jeb Bush, though, the Legislature now at least has a willing ear. Bush has said he would consider school-prayer legislation if the prayers were voluntary and student-led.

Click for Jeb Bush on other issues.   Source: Karla Schuster in Orlando Sentinel, "School Prayer"

Mike Huckabee on Education : Jun 1, 1998
NEA opposes school prayer despite teachers' conservatism

The NEA teacher's union has spent more than $2.5 million supporting various candidates and causes--an overwhelming majority of them from the extreme left. Despite the fact that 2/3 of all teachers describe their political philosophy as "conservative," militant left-wing political activism has become the backbone of their union. A survey of its policy positions bears that fact out all too clearly:
  • The NEA is at the vanguard of the "political correctness" movement--from multiculturalism to speech codes and hate crimes.
  • It has embraced the entire feminist agenda--including abortion-on-demand, value-free K-thru-12 sex education, and school-based sex clinics.
  • It opposes school prayer or any other demonstration of faith in the public sector.
  • It has supported the right of schools to bypass parental authority in securing sexuality counseling, procedures, and services.No wonder our schools are in such awful shape despite the best efforts of our dedicated classroom teachers.
    Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Kids Who Kill, by Gov. Mike Huckabee, p.114-115

    Newt Gingrich on Education : Apr 25, 1996
    Constitutional amendment to protect right to school prayer

    While the state or school must not dictate or prescribe any prayer, the right to voluntary prayer in schools should be protected, whether through a constitutional amendment or through legislation, or a combination of both. Indeed, Congressman Gingrich, in a speech just prior to becoming Speaker, endorsed both approaches: constitutional change and legislative trimming of the Court's jurisdiction over voluntary prayer in schools.

    The idea that most religious people are "radical," as they are all too often portrayed in the media, is wrong. The overwhelming majority are mainstream, not extreme. They should not be treated as second-class citizens who may practice their faith in private but never in the public square. People of faith--of all faiths--have played important roles in the progress of the country and the development of our culture. Indeed, our culture is based on traditional American values, derived from our Judeo-Christian heritage, handed down to us, generation after generation.

    Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: Agenda For America, by Haley Barbour, p.159-160

    Newt Gingrich on Education : Jun 1, 1995
    1984: All-night Congressional vigil on school prayer vote

    To support Reagan in his efforts to pass legislation permitting school prayer, Gingrich held an all-night vigil session on the subject. It got publicity for their cause, but Democrats still refused to allow votes on school prayer. Gingrich had seen Reagan's six initiatives for the 1984 Congress bottled up by Democrats. One of them was the equal access bill, a measure allowing religious and other groups from outside school systems to use high-school facilities. It was a fallback from school prayer.
    Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: Newt!, by Dick Williams, p.105

    Newt Gingrich on Education : Jun 1, 1995
    Voluntary school prayer creates bond between you and Creator

    There's a reason why voluntary school prayer mattered, and the reason goes far from the concept of being endowed by our Creator and getting authority from a Supreme Being.

    I had a very bright student in the class who said, "Do you really think voluntary school prayer matters that much? Why does it matter? You really think 30 seconds matter?" And I suddenly realized the reason it matters is it establishes at the beginning of the day the concept of a hierarchy. That the teacher is an intermediary between the Creator who is endowing is with our unalienable rights and us.

    If there is a Creator and your rights are endowed by the Creator, then there is a direct bond between you and the Creator. Now this is not a violation of church and state. They're not teaching you to be a Catholic or to be Jewish or Muslim or Baptist. They're teaching you basic principles of morality and basic principles of relating to personal strength as an act of faith in a Creator.

    Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: Newt!, by Dick Williams, p.172-173

    Newt Gingrich on Education : Jun 1, 1995
    1963 Supreme Court school prayer ban was just wrong

    In Oct. 1994, Gingrich laid out the case for a [school prayer] constitutional amendment. He outlined a specific two-track strategy. The first: a bill to withdraw the issue of school prayer from court jurisdiction, a routine tactic in Congress. The second: a constitutional amendment to permit voluntary prayer.

    In 1963, the Supreme Court banned organized school prayer. "Why was the 1963 decision wrong? It was wrong as law because it misread the Constitution. I'm not a lawyer, but I am a historian. As an historian, I will just tell you flatly the meaning of the Constitution was simple. It was not to drive religion out of public life. It was to ensure that there would be no organized religion subsidized directly by the state and imposed on others. They're just wrong & they ought to say that."

    The Oct. 1994 lecture on school prayer is one of Gingrich's most powerful speeches. I suspect most listeners heard it as a cry of faith, in God, and in a Republic built on the idea of God

    Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: Newt!, by Dick Williams, p.180-181

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