A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Monday, August 15, 2005

On the postive side

Fox News: Docs: Roberts Told White House to Back School Prayer:

WASHINGTON — As a young government attorney, John Roberts (search) advised the White House to support congressional efforts to allow school prayer, arguing that a Supreme Court ruling striking down the practice "seems indefensible."

In a Nov. 21, 1985 memo released Monday by the National Archives, Roberts was responding to a move by Congress to permit "group silent prayer or reflection in public schools." He said he would not object if Justice Department officials announced that President Reagan (search) had no formal role in passing an amendment to that effect, but said he would support such a move.

The Supreme Court's conclusion that "the Constitution prohibits such a moment of silent reflection -- or even silent 'prayer' — seems indefensible," Roberts wrote in a memo to White House counsel Fred Fielding.
It is indefensible.