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Supreme Court Ruling on Prayer

May 19, 1991

It's extremely difficult to understand how a benign invocation at a graduation ceremony violates the Constitution's prohibition against separation of church and state.

Typically, an invocation is nothing stronger than a humble appeal to a higher power for assistance with life's challenges. Does anyone really think that the remarkable assembly of statesmen who wrote our Constitution and Bill of Rights intended to shield everyone from hearing an appeal to a higher power at a high school graduation? That's beyond ridiculous.

The individuals who initiated this suit, the notorious ACLU which provided the legal resources to pursue it and the Supreme Court justices who actually ruled invocations violate the intent of our Constitution have behaved in a reckless and irresponsible manner.

JIM McBRIDE, Poway

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