Sen. Byrd Speaks Out on Prayer

From Pat Boone and

“It seems to me that any prohibition of voluntary prayer in school violates the right of our school children to practice freely their religion. And that’s just not right.” These words resonated on the U.S. Senate floor over a year ago now, but went largely ignored by the media.

Please read that again. And then look again at who said those words. Judge Roy Moore? Jerry Falwell? James Dobson? Some backwoods, right-wing preacher? No, my friend, those ringing words fell from the lips of the Democrat icon, long considered the Senate’s foremost authority on the U.S. Constitution — Sen. Robert Byrd, the new president pro tem of the U.S. Senate! And that’s not all; he openly declared war on the ACLU’s position on school prayer by courageously criticizing federal judges for “moving closer and closer to prohibiting the free exercise of religion in America”!

“It chills my soul,” said Sen. Byrd.

At last, at long blessed last, a greatly influential senator — one generally casting all his votes with the left side of the Senate aisle — has spoken out powerfully in favor of the liberty protected by the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

And how wonderfully fitting it is, that a latter-day Virginian (though of the western variety) who wields such influence in government, should echo the concern of Virginia’s two term President Thomas Jefferson, whose statement is engraved publicly on his monument in Washington, D.C. “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

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