This test could provide workable guidance to the lower courts, if ever, only by using little more than intuition and a tape measure. “It would be appalling to conduct litigation under the Establishment Clause as if it were a trademark case, with witnesses testifying they were offended but would have been less so were the crèche five feet closer to the jumbo candy cane.” This Court is ill-equipped to sit as a national theology board, and I question both the wisdom and the constitutionality of its doing so. The Court’s decision repudiated both historical precedent and even its own recent case law. It also provided the Court another opportunity to continue its rewriting of the purpose of the First Amendment. Hence, the Court declared:
The Constitution mandates that the government remain secular. Obviously, the Founding Fathers disagreed. Notice:
Has it government any solid foundation? Any chief cornerstone? I think it has an everlasting foundation in the unchangeable will of God. The sum of my argument is that civil government is of God. James Otis
The only true basis of all government is the laws of God and nature. For government is an ordinance of Heaven, designed by the all benevolent Creator. Samuel Adams
We will look for the permanency and stability of our new government to Him who bringeth princes to nothing and teacheth senators wisdom. John Hart, Signer of Declaration
The rights essential to happiness. We claim them from a higher source from the King of kings and Lord of all the earth. John Dickinson, Signer of the Constitution; Governor of Pennsylvania
Whatsoever State among us shall continue to make piety respect for God and virtue the standard of public honor will enjoy the greatest inward peace, the greatest national happiness, and in every outward conflict will discover the greatest constitutional strength. John Witherspoon, Signer of the Declaration
David Barton – Also, we believe, worship should be only an hour long. Our services last about fifty-five minutes due to a number of reasons.