In 1962, Engle v. Vitale, the Federal Supreme Court reversed two state court decisions that had declared voluntary non-denominational school prayer in public schools to be Constitutional. Before the Supreme Court Engle v. Vitale rejection of prayer, the Chief Justice of the New York Court of Appeals declared, “Not only is this prayer not a violation of the First Amendment . . . but a holding that it is a violation would be in defiance of all American history, and such a holding would destroy a part of the essential foundation of American government structure” (Court of Appeals Court decision is found at 10 N.Y. 2d 174, 218 N.Y.S. 2d 659, 176 N.E. 2d 579, 1961).

In June 1963, a Baltimore lawsuit was brought by avowed atheist, Madalyn Murray O’Hair. Supporting O’Hair’s claim, the Supreme Court prohibited recitations from the Bible in schools. The lawyer majority on the Court decreed that historic use of Bible recitations was no longer protected from government oppression, even though objecting students could be excused. Justice Potter Stewart in dissent said that the ruling “had not led to true neutrality with respect to religion, but had led to the government establishment of secular religion.” Judge Potter was correct. God-rejecting secularism has a strongly held belief about the origin, meaning and purpose of life that is the definition of a religion. The decision reached beyond federal government institutions to state and local governments nationwide. This rejection of the Constitution devastated the power of citizen elected school boards and administrators to uphold traditional American values in the matter of community norms.

In 1973, the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision established a Precedent that forced the removal of any right of the states to outlaw infanticide. Justice Bryon White filed a blunt dissenting opinion of which Justice William Rehnquist concurred. The Court’s decision rejected Common Law preservation of life that had been the standard from the beginning in America. Since then, women have aborted almost 60 million babies in the United States. A reminder of ancient heathen rituals, there is no telling how many of these mothers have spent the rest of their lives burdened with guilt.

Instead of settling issues in support of Common Law justice, lawyers on the Supreme Court have defiantly legislated changes in the law that violate historic community norms and leveraged the leftist war against American families, community and education.

Judge Robert H. Bork observed that the courts, especially the Supreme Court, have “become the enemy of traditional culture, in areas including speech, religion, abortion, sexuality, welfare public education and much else.” He continued, “It is not too much to say that the suffocating vulgarity of popular culture is in large measure the work of the Court” (Jeffrey Rosen, “Obstruction of Judges,” New York Times, August 11, 2002).

~ D. Norris

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