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Schools were prohibited from allowing a student to offer a prayer for the sportsmanship and safety of the players over the public address system before a football game. 27 What First Amendment sources did the Court use to strike down this longstanding tradition? PRE-1947: 1; POST-1947: 18. Good News Club... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at David Barton WallBuilders's blog
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The crèche display is to celebrate the Holiday recognized by Congress and national tradition and to depict the origins of that Holiday. The crèche is no more an advancement or endorsement of religion than the congressional and executive recognition of the origins of Christmas. It would be ironic if the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at David Barton WallBuilders's blog
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Courts, understanding this principle, long strove to establish the spirit intent of a law before issuing a ruling on any controversy touching that particular law. To illustrate the absurdities, and even atrocities, which could result if a law’s intent were disregarded, the Holy Trinity Court cited numerous cases, including the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2010 at David Barton WallBuilders's blog
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In fact, Eaton reported that “an opinion long since conceived and never fairly controverter among the Tunisians is that the Americans are a feeble sect of Christians”. And in a later letter to Pickering, he again reaffirmed the Muslims’ view of Christian America when he reported how pleased one Barbary... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2010 at David Barton WallBuilders's blog
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After appointing the proper subordinate officers and having ordered that the doors should be kept open the business of the Convention opened every morning with prayer. On the recommendation of Mr. Paul Carrington, the Rev. Abner Waugh was unanimously elected chaplain, to attend every morning to read prayers immediately after... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2010 at David Barton WallBuilders's blog
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It voted to melt up the lead weights upon the church clock for bullets and use other metal in their stead. Although many loyalist voices urged calm and absolute submission, others like Patrick Henry cried for action. In his fiery speech before the Virginia House on March 23, 1775, Henry... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2010 at David Barton WallBuilders's blog
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For example, the 1629 charter of Massachusetts declared: Our said people be so religiously, peaceably, and civilly governed that their good life and orderly conversation may win and incite the natives of that country to the knowledge and obedience of the only true God and Savior of mankind, and the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2010 at David Barton WallBuilders's blog
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The indictment against him invoked an interesting legal term, a term unknown to contemporary courts when associated with God: The defendant admitted the writing and publishing of the libel. To libel means intentionally to write things about other persons that are false and would publicly injure their reputation or expose... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2010 at David Barton WallBuilders's blog
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Other States had similar requirements often authored by those who had signed the federal Constitution and had approved Article VI. Clearly, then, the Founders never intended that the prohibition in Article VI be applied to the States. The imperative for understanding today the original purposes of the two religion clauses... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2010 at David Barton WallBuilders's blog
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Massachusetts since the previous excerpts made express provision for Protestant teaching, a mention should be made here about Roman Catholics in America. The Founders were not opposed to Catholics as individuals. This is clearly evidenced by the fact that signer of the Declaration Charles Carroll and signers of the Constitution... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2010 at David Barton WallBuilders's blog
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The 1964 Civil Rights Act had banned discrimination in voting, public accommodations, education, federal programs, and employment. The 1965 Voting Rights Act had banned literacy tests and for decades, democrats used the poll tax to reduce the number of black voters authorized the federal government to oversee both voter registration... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2010 at David Barton WallBuilders's blog
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Returning to the historical timeline, by 1932, Republican Herbert Hoover had finished his first term as President and was running for re-election. His challenger was Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In that election, Roosevelt – in an unusual move – invited black Americans to vote Democrat. Roosevelt understood his Party, however,... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at David Barton WallBuilders's blog
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Just as Republicans had passed several civil rights laws during the Civil War, they passed several more after the war. The first was that of 1866, making it illegal to deprive a person of civil rights because of race, color, or previous servitude. Democrats not only opposed that bill but... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at David Barton WallBuilders's blog
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A similar omission occurs when the signers of the Declaration of Independence are discussed. For example, if asked to list the slave-owning Founding Fathers among the Signers, no one would hesitate to name Thomas Jefferson. But if asked to name a second slave-owner from among the 56, few other names... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2010 at David Barton WallBuilders's blog
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David Barton tells us that despite such extensive works, many of our early black heroes and patriots are unknown today; and equally unknown is much of what occurred in black political history. That history will surprise and shock many, but it is a history based on indisputable facts and documents.Too... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2010 at David Barton WallBuilders's blog
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African American history – so much of it is truly unknown today. For example, few know of James Armistead – a black patriot and spy who helped make possible the 1781 Yorktown victory during the American Revolution that established America as an independent nation. Or Peter Salem – a black... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2010 at David Barton WallBuilders's blog
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