A DRAG ON HOME AND CHURCH—The Supreme Court ruling against prayer and Bible reading … marks a sad departure from this nation’s heritage under God. Far from putting the government in a position of neutrality toward religion, this ruling is another step in creating an atmosphere of hostility to religion. Rather than serving to protect against the establishment of religion, it opens the door for the full establishment of secularisim as a negative form of religion.… If this interpretation of the First Amendment is allowed to stand, it will make it far more difficult for the home and church to put fibre and build character into the lives of our children in this time of national peril and, thus, will have grave consequences.—Robert A. Cook, president, National Association of Evangelicals.
MORE, NOT LESS—I am shocked at the Supreme Court’s decision. Prayers and Bible reading have been a part of American public school life since the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. Now a Supreme Court in 1963 says our fathers were wrong all these years.… At a time when moral decadence is evident on every hand, when race tension is mounting, when the threat of communism is growing, when terrifying new weapons of destruction are being created, we need more religion, not less.—Billy Graham, evangelist.
ENCOURAGEMENT TO RELIGION—Public school religious exercises have tended toward an officially enforced religion which violates the rights of persons of minority faiths.… This decision is not a blow at religion.… It is an encouragement to religion since it takes religious leadership out of the hands of public officials where it does not properly belong and restores it to the church, synagogue and home where it does properly belong.—Glenn L. Archer, executive ...1
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