The Jeffersonian Perspective

Commentary on Today's Social and Political Issues
Based on the Writings of Thomas Jefferson


Brief Notes on Jeffersonian Topics

School Prayer

Jefferson never directly addressed the issue of school prayer, but he did address a similar issue, namely the matter of declaring a National Day of Prayer. As the quote below indicates, he believed that the Constitution has precluded the United States from any authority over religious exercises, and that civil powers alone are the government's responsibility. School prayer -- unquestionably a religious exercise -- is not the business of government, nor proper for it to prescribe or even recommend.


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