AMERICAN NOTES: Contradictory Pieties

When the Supreme Court outlawed school prayers nearly ten years ago, it set loose an entire American cosmology of angels and devils and libertarians and ministers and pedants. Had the perversion of law really come to such a pass of depravity that children would be forbidden to pray? What of the separation of church and state? Religious and constitutional pieties contradicted one another. The emotional and the rational battled in politicians' minds.

The ironies were multiplied last week when the House of Representatives met to vote on a constitutional amendment that would have allowed "voluntary prayer" in the nation's public...

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