Public Papers of George Bush, 1992-1993

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Author: George Bush  | Date: June 24, 1992

Statement on the Supreme Court Decision on the Lee v. Weisman Case
June 24, 1992

I am very disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision in Lee v. Weisman. The Court said that a simple nondenominational prayer thanking God for the liberty of America at a public school graduation ceremony violates the first amendment. America is a land of religious pluralism, and this is one of our Nation’s greatest strengths. While we must remain neutral toward particular religions and protect freedom of conscience, we should not remain neutral toward religion itself. In this case, I believe that the Court has unnecessarily cast away the venerable and proper American tradition of nonsectarian prayer at public celebrations. I continue to believe that this type of prayer should be allowed in public schools.

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Chicago: George Bush, "Statement on the Supreme Court Decision on the Lee v. Weisman Case," Public Papers of George Bush, 1992-1993 in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, George Bush, 1989 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.2275 Original Sources, accessed August 15, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4YFQJA9M5LWM4TN.

MLA: Bush, George. "Statement on the Supreme Court Decision on the Lee v. Weisman Case." Public Papers of George Bush, 1992-1993, in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, George Bush, 1989 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.2275, Original Sources. 15 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4YFQJA9M5LWM4TN.

Harvard: Bush, G, 'Statement on the Supreme Court Decision on the Lee v. Weisman Case' in Public Papers of George Bush, 1992-1993. cited in , Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, George Bush, 1989 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.2275. Original Sources, retrieved 15 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4YFQJA9M5LWM4TN.