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Ignorance on Constitution

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The recent Supreme Court decision on prayer before sporting events reveals the justices' ignorance of the facts and highlights yet again a current agenda that is moving government away from the mainstream of America. According to the Deseret News article, the Supreme Court ruled against student-led prayer because it "violated the constitutionally required separation of religion and state." This statement is a subtle though important distortion of the actual intent of the Constitution, "Separation of Church and State." This country was founded on principles of religion and belief by those seeking freedom of religious expression. References to God on our money and in our pledge of allegiance testify of this heritage. The intent of our Founding Fathers was rather to avoid a state-church, such as was the Church of England at the time of the genesis of the Constitution. In this most recent ruling, the Supreme Court failed to recognize that in the language of the First Amendment, the phrase "establishment of religion" refers to any single church, sect or denomination, not all public recognition, worship or devotion to a Supreme Being.

Worse than this flagrant disrespect to the text and meaning of the Constitution is the growing tendency of our government to fail to represent the voice of the people. While the Supreme Court is not an elected body and is therefore not directly responsible to the people, it is at least telling that at the same time Americans vote by a two-thirds majority for school prayer, the Supreme Court rules by the same majority against it. This is a classic example of the very danger that the authors of our Constitution wanted to avoid, rule by the minority.

Tyler Hokanson