Prayer Left Unanswered

The Senate rejects a constitutional amendment

As the afternoon wore on, the crowd outside the Capitol grew larger and louder. Demonstrators carried placards demanding the return of God to America's classrooms. Television evangelists addressed the crowd through megaphones as journalists jostled for position. Inside the Senate chamber, Majority Leader Howard Baker announced: "The hour is at hand to stop talking and start voting." All 100 members came to the floor during the 52 minutes of roll calls as Vice President George Bush ceremoniously acted as presiding officer. But the final tally left many...

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