IFAS | Freedom Writer | May 1995 | prayer.html

Prager on school prayer

Dennis Prager, a conservative Jewish commentator, offers answers to three common objections to school prayer. His assertions appeared in a column by Don Feder, a syndicated columnist with The Boston Herald. Prager's rejoinders are the very reason state-sponsored school prayer is unconstitutional.

The error of Prager's arguments is that they all sanction state endorsement of religion, a clear violation of the separation between church and state.

By rejecting every Supreme Court decision regarding state-sponsored school prayer of the last 50 plus years, Prager, like many ultra-conservative Jews, is playing into the hands of the Religious Right. If he truly cared about the First Amendment's religious liberty clauses, which promote government neutrality toward religion, he would not espouse state-sponsored school prayer.

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