Separation of Church & State
Today's Justice System view of Moral Relativism & Evolving Constitutional law.
Three Court Cases
The True Story of How the Communist got Prayer Removed from Public Schools.
are three landmark cases that changed the
meaning of the First Amendment as it was previously
and practiced in America. In these three cases a parent of a child in
school petitioned the courts to stop the school from exposing their
child to prayer in
school and reading the Bible in school. ACLU Lawyers used Thomas
letter in the argument for the plaintiffs. They argued that the
fathers wanted a "wall
church and State"; therefore, the
government should be
neutral to religion in schools, and as a result the Warren
ruled that their would be no prayer in school or Bible reading. The
"majority ruling" reasoned that being neutral or not favoring one
over another was the same as not allowing religious practices in
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Justice Potter Stewart, the one dissenting vote blasted the ruling saying, "It led not to true neutrality with respect to religion, but to the establishment of a religion of secularism."
True neutrality would not favor one religion over another, but the court's ruling favored atheism over all the religions of the world that believe in God. Atheism has been declared a religion by the U.S. Supreme Court, so the Court did not act neutrality, but instead favoried one religion over another. A recent national poll indicated 85% of Americans believe in the existence of God, yet the court ruled with the minority, atheist. If the Court had really been true to its intention of neutrality ; it would have been impartial to the students, by neither forcing non believers to pray, nor prohibiting believers from prayer. The court's actions were not neutral .
After the June 17, 1963 ruling the Wall Street Journal commented that atheism was now "the one belief to which the state's power will extend its protection."The question arises "Can the Courts change or create law, or alter the Constitution?
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