Of Schema, Hotheads, Theology, and Smoke
by William B. Ball — 1963
There has been, perhaps, a greater national exertion over the Supreme Court's recent ban on official prayers in public schools than ever went into the praying which came to be banned. The reason, however, is not difficult to see. However little the public has availed itself of its legal option to pray in the schools, it experienced a sense of violent shock at being told that its option had now been canceled. Similarly, it pardonably failed to grasp how that which had been sanctioned by the Constitution for a century and a half was discovered only as late as 25 June, 1962, to constitute a dangerous violation of the Constitution. Again, there had come alive a sure intuition that somehow all was not right in the process whereby the ban resulted, and that minority views had not so much been vindicated as imposed.
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