Perry backs constitutional change for school prayer
December 11th, 2011
11:16 AM ET
11 years ago

Perry backs constitutional change for school prayer

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry called Sunday for a constitutional amendment to allow prayer in public schools.

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," the Republican presidential hopeful went a step further than his previous calls for the Supreme Court to reverse its 1962 decision that banned organized prayer in public schools.

Perry said he would support "a constitutional amendment that would allow our children to pray in school any time that they would like."

Such a proposal would easily pass if put to a nationwide vote, Perry said. The step is necessary because of what Perry called "activist judges" appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court like Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Both justices were named to the court by President Barack Obama.

The issue of prayer in school should a local decision, rather than an issue foisted on the public by the Supreme Court, Perry said.

Asked about his recent gaffe in which he could not remember Sotomayor's name, Perry said that Americans were "looking for someone who is going to make the right decisions, not someone who can either read a teleprompter perfectly or spit out by memory a list of names."

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Clwyd

    Prayers, belong in the home and in a place called church!

    December 11, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Drew

    He ain't all there is he?

    December 11, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. chromigula

    Back when I was in high school, we had a group that met on-campus at lunchtime called Young Life. They had group prayer during their sessions and spoke of Jesus, god, and issues facing young christians. And no one thought twice about it.

    My point is that prayer in school already happens. It's not like you get detention for praying.

    Quit making issues up, Rick.

    December 11, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Undoubtedly we have yet to see just how low this group of Republican candidates will go ... or how out of touch with reality each of them are.

    December 11, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    You cannot be much of a Christian, if you use lies in your campaign ads.

    December 11, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. The LONE OKIE

    What does that have to do with the Economy? I don't want to be governed by Big Business, the Vatican, the Ayatolla, or the Baptist. MAMA, SAID U THE DEVIL...

    December 11, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Maine LIberal

    Perry you moron :

    Private prayer in school is permitted, a student can exercise their free speech and reigious prayer of their choosing at anytime, place and god of choice. The government/.school can not force a sanitized prayer for all.

    I would suggest that if you are so compeled to pray that you take the hundreds of opportunites throught the day to do so. say a prayer when you rise in the morning, grace before each meal and kneel down at your bedside before you go to sleep. Pray as Jesus instructed you, in private (closet), personal between you and God and not to be "seen of men" .

    I can imagine the outrage if there was a Moslem, hopie Indian or another prayer said. Perry would object to the prayers that Jesus said (hebrew daily prayers).

    December 11, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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