Paul Ryan on school sponsored prayer



Public school’s having official prayer is struck down every time it comes up. The supreme court ruled on that 50 years ago, and nothing has changed.  Not that the current crop of GOP candidates are pleased about that.

“That’s a constitutional issue of the states,’’ Mr. Ryan told a campaign volunteer during a visit to a Romney for President call center in Orem.

The volunteer, Jenny Free, 40, said she was a mother of nine children and asked Mr. Ryan if “we could give back to the states the right to decide if you want prayer or pledge in the schools.’’

Current GOP vice presidential pick Paul Ryan (and Ron Paul, when he’ll admit to it) sees this as a fine area for states to step up.

“You know, in Utah, I would think you would have a pretty good chance,’’ Mr. Ryan told her.


That’s nothing new, or surprising. Today’s conservatives want privilege, not neutrality when it comes to their religious views.

The best line comes here, from Romney, concerning his views on the DNC:

“I think this party is veering further and further away into an extreme wing that Americans don’t recognize.’’


…somehow he manages to say this with a straight face, and was not struck dead by sheer irony.



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  • Baal

    If (when!) Paul Ryan’s vision becomes true, it’ll be time for all atheist to move to Rhode Island (or similar small State) and start passing French style freedom from religion laws – including some type of creed odious to the Christians (or all religions generally – not sure it’d work against the UU or equivalent but I’m not nearly as worried about them).

  • John Horstman

    I’m constantly amazed by the degree of cognitive dissonance the likes of Romney can maintain without suffering an aneurysm or psychotic break. It’s honestly impressive, and I keep thinking there has to be a way to harness the power and put it to use toward pro-social ends.

  • Tim Keating

    “Public school’s having official prayer is struck down every time it comes up.”

    Uh oh. Watch out for a dickpunch from JT over that apostrophe!

  • BabyRaptor

    States can decide to ignore the First Amendment?

    • Glodson

      Come now, we all know that the Free Exercise Clause only lets us chose which brand of Christianity is our religion, and the Establishment Clause just means the state can’t promote one brand over the other…

  • Christine

    Wait “prayer or pledge in the schools”. Please tell me that the complaint here is that the good Christian children are being forced to pledge in the schools, which is against their religion.

    I know, I know, but I can hope for internal consistency, can’t I?