The reasoning process of the conservative majority (all five are Catholics) in ruling that legislative assemblies can start their sessions with prayers “is nothing short of horrific,” columnist Martin Schram wrote. “They just don’t get how intimidation happens. The four dissenters (three are Jewish, one is Catholic) understood the dangers of silent religious intimidation. It can be strong enough to shatter the wall of separation between church and state, built brick by brick by founders who expected it would forever make America special.”
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