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
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.
Knight, R. (2012). WILL THE HIGH COURT ADOPT THE COERCION TEST? Available: http://www.conservativenewsandviews.com/2012/03/14/constitution/supreme-court-coercion-test/. Last accessed 17th Mar 2012.