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Professor Tim Scully
Director of Institute of Dame
"In this remarkable book, Bill Jeynes makes an impassioned case for moral education and the place for voluntary prayer in schools in the United States. His analysis begins with the Founding Fathers and offers a fresh understanding of the First Amendment and, in particular, powerfully debunks conventional and misleading interpretations of free exercise and non-establishment. He explains how these conventional interpretations gave way to a secular bias, ultimately leading to the removal of prayer and moral instruction from American schools. Quoting the dissenting opinion in Engel v. Vitale, the 1962 Supreme Court case banning prayer from schools, Jeynes offers an incisive indictment of the implications of these decisions: 'The decision resulted in 'the establishment of a religion of secularism.' Jeynes argues persuasively for a renewed appreciation of the role of religion in American civic life and the importance of character formation and prayer in
the educational lives of our nation's children."