In his recent letter to The Advocate, Robert Young relies upon his First Amendment interpretation of the Constitution as justification for the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing prayers at public governmental meetings.

In 1947, the same Supreme Court ruled differently. As written by Justice Hugo Black, “The ‘establishment of religion’ clause of the First Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal Government can ... pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another ... the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect ‘a wall of separation between church and state.’?”

Prayers at governmental public meetings crash through that separation which dates back to Thomas Jefferson’s letter in 1802 affirming that “wall of separation.”

Harry Greenberger


New Orleans