The Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution—what happened next?

Public religious expression has long been a fixture in American life. As Ferrara notes, “The very next day after the House of Representatives of the First Congress voted to adopt the Establishment Clause, the House adopted a resolution requesting President Washington to proclaim ‘a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging the many and signal favors of Almighty God.’

My two cents

George Washington
George Washington (Photo credit: Joye~)

I hope I got all the quotation marks right, and if I have, that’s great. A much better feeling than that I get from people who hang their hat on the Establishment Clause—but then don’t say what happened the day after.

I suppose the next question is if “Almighty God” referred to is that of the Bible—or a Deistic knockoff.

Quote source

Knight, R. (2012). WILL THE HIGH COURT ADOPT THE COERCION TEST? Available: Last accessed 17th Mar 2012.


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