The Constitution Was Never Meant to Prevent People From Praying but to Protect Their Freedom to Pray

Ronald Reagan

“It’s said that prayer can move mountains. Well, it’s certainly moved the hearts and minds of Americans in their times of trial and helped them to achieve a society that, for all its imperfections, is still the envy of the world and the last, best hope of mankind.”

“And just as prayer has helped us as a nation, it helps us as individuals. In nearly all our lives, there are moments when our prayers and the prayers of our friends and loved ones help to see us through and keep on the right path. In fact, prayer is one of the few things in this world that hurts no one and sustains the spirit of millions.”

“The Constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying; its declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray. The Founding Fathers felt this so strongly that they enshrined the principle of freedom of religion in the first amendment of the Constitution. The purpose of that amendment was to protect religion from the interference of government and to guarantee, in its own words, ‘the free exercise of religion.'”

– Ronald Reagan, Radio Address to the Nation on Prayer, September 18, 1982


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Filed under Constitution, Faith, First Amendment, Freedom/Liberty, God & Nation, Nature's God/Creator, Ronald Reagan

One response to “The Constitution Was Never Meant to Prevent People From Praying but to Protect Their Freedom to Pray

  1. Thanks for the post.

    Ronny, we miss you and we owe you so much. From the heart: God bless you and America!

    Americans need to pray. Why? Because the freedom to pray comes from the one who gave us the very gift of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. More than a constitutional freedom, it is our privilege, our birthright. But we also need to thank God for our having been born into a nation that recognizes that right. Thank God! And thank the men and women who sacrificed so much that, today, we too may practice and express our faith openly, and freely, as God would have it. Let’s not take this gift for granted.

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