And he nails the case beautifully, replying to the question whether prayer might not benefit some people:
And those people can’t pray unless the government holds their hand? Those people are not free to pray unless the President gets up and proclaims a day of prayer? This is a country of freedom. The country is a secular nation, we have a godless constitution that protects the freedom of those Evangelical Christians and other believers to pray as much as they want. The judge’s decision was not against their freedom to pray or go to church or worship or stand on their head and pray to Mother Goose if they want. The judge’s decision was against our secular government orchestrating a private religious ritual. She said that is what crosses the line.
Read the first amendment, it reads that the government shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion and the Courts have consistently upheld that the government should back off and be neutral. It is these evangelicals who are confusing neutrality with hostility. They think if the government is not blowing their trumpet, somehow that is offending their freedom to believe.
Barker’s a real tonic after the Sarah Palin video from earlier.