Let Us Pray

When speaker-to-be Newt Gingrich announced that one of the priorities of the emerged Republican majority would be school prayer, wise men shook their heads; the G.O.P. was making the same mistake Bill Clinton had when he began his transition by pushing for gays in the military.

Bill Clinton should have been so lucky. Allowing prayer in schools is as popular as allowing gays in the military was not. Hardly a semester passes without some school principal or state legislature trying to smuggle it back in, past the baleful eye of the A.C.L.U. and its postulants on the bench. The 1962 Supreme...

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