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U.S. Supreme Court Ban on Prayers Could Be Reversed, Justice Goldberg Says

Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg said today that a number of Supreme Court decisions have been reversed by American public opinion and this could also be done in the case of the Supreme Court’s decision on prayers in public schools.

Mr. Goldberg commented on this controversial subject at ceremonies marking adoption of the United States Bill of Rights in the National Archives Building. He said that “power is derived from the people. They can always adopt an amendment reversing the court. Whether this would be wise, as a matter of policy, is another question.” The Supreme Court ruled last June that Bible reading and prayers, as required exercises in public schools, were unconstitutional.