I am concluding the Article V by recommending schools be allowed to have a Prayer Room. Let’s empower local communities nationwide to have a non-church denomination Prayer Room in their public schools that parallels the Prayer Room approved by the vote of both the House and Senate in Congress. An Amendment to this effect could be added to the First Amendment of the Federal Constitution. The Capitol Prayer Room reflects the unity belief in Creation’s God and His Providence that has characterized American history.
Honesty, History, Prayer and Power—The Prayer Room, instituted by Congress, reflects the unity of belief in God and His Providence that has characterized American history. Part of the room’s inspiration comes from the stained glass window with George Washington kneeling in prayer as the focal point. Surrounding him are the words from Psalm 16:1, “Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.” Above George Washington are the words from Abraham Lincoln’s immortal Gettysburg Address, “This Nation Under God.”
The window displays the Great Seal of the United States. The pyramid and eye contain the Latin phrases, “Annuit Coeptus” (God has favored our undertakings) and “Novus Ordo Seclorum” (a new order of the ages is born). The Eagle, with the phrase “E Pluribus Unum” (from many, one), represents a higher aspiration in America’s Judeo-Christian belief in liberty for believers and other religions. In statecraft, it signifies thirteen colonies united as one nation.
Names of the thirteen original states that gave birth to the United States are contained in the central portion of the window. The remaining states are listed in chronological order around the outside pane. Two lower panels of the window show the Holy Scriptures and a candle, signifying the light from God’s law.
A Bible, kept open to Psalm 23, sits on the altar underneath the window. Two prayer benches, six chairs, plants, candles and an American flag complete the room.
The hope for America will become a reality when we insist upon honesty. Those who find the American history-based Prayer Room repugnant are free, because of that history, to build their own schools and promote their non-Christian beliefs as long as they do not promote a violent counter-revolution. Every public school in America should be empowered by law to install a duplicate of the Prayer Room, for optional use by students and faculty that was approved by the House July 17, 1953, and by the Senate May 4, 1954. A banner picturing the window and a brochure that explains the history portrayed by the window would be appropriate.
~ D. Norris