Rabbi Irwin Blank Testifies Against Constitutional Amendment for School Prayer Hot

Rabbi Irwin Blank Testifies Against Constitutional Amendment for School Prayer

Students praying in school in 1962

Rabbi Irwin M. Blank of Tenafly, N.J., speaking for the Synagogue Council of America, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee against amendment to the Constitution that would authorize school prayers. The amendment has been proposed in the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down mandatory school prayers.

Rabbi Blank is particularly opposed to the idea that mandatory school prayers would be acceptable if they are nonsectarian:

"Such a prayer would necessarily be so devoid of any real spiritual content that it would come dangerously close to irreverence and blasphemy."

He also says that any amendment to the Constitution to authorize official religious exercises in public schools

"would open the way to religious tension, a misuse of public institutions, and irreverence."

A number of other religious leaders testifying before Congress echo Rabbi Blank's sentiments here.


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