Baker & Taylor Suggests that religion should not be eliminated from public life, argues that the lack of school prayer is responsible for the moral decline of the nation's youth, and describes the role of the author's mother in the landmark Supreme Court case
Blackwell North Amer On June 17, 1963, the Supreme Court of the United States outlawed voluntary prayer in public schools. One of the most significant rulings of this century, its impact continues to be felt thirty-two years later. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is expected to introduce a constitutional amendment reinstituting prayer in public schools. Among his most important allies will be William J. Murray, who, in 1963, was the original plaintiff when his mother, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, took her antiprayer campaign all the way to the Supreme Court. And, in an ironic twist of history, William J. Murray has become a passionate advocate for the restoration of prayer in public schools. As the school prayer argument heats up, he will once again be at its center and a figure of national prominence. With Let Us Pray, William J. Murray anchors the debate and reveals the substance behind conservative opinion on this vitally important topic. The book looks at the historical roots of the controversy from the Enlightenment to America's Founding Fathers, from religious tolerance in the colonies to the Bill of Rights. Murray examines the growing secularization of society in the twentieth century from the Supreme Court's decision in Murray v. Curlett to the decline of morality in public schools. Looking for consensus in the midst of controversy, Murray explores what American citizens are thinking and what our national leaders are saying. Finally, he considers what the proposed amendment will accomplish and what the restoration of voluntary prayer in schools would mean for America.