|No Common Ground in Spirited Debate on Church-State Separation
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In what seemed a role reversal, the reverend opposed
school prayer while the professor supported the practice.
Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for
Separation of Church and State, said public schools should
remain neutral and not promote religious expressions, while
Pepperdine University Professor Douglas Kmiec contended that
preventing children from reciting prayers amounts to government-sponsored secularism.
During a debate last March on the separation of church and
state, Rev. Lynn and Kmiec clashed on this and many other issues.
The two began by sparring over everything from Thomas
Jefferson’s 1802 letter on the “wall of separation” to the 1954
insertion of the words “under God” into the pledge of allegiance.