The Amistad
What the Supreme Court does and doesn't do

To the editor: Erwin Chemerinsky's negative view of the Supreme Court is not justified. ("The Supreme Court's supremely flawed record," Op-Ed, Oct. 4) Its recent decision to allow prayers at public meetings in fact eliminates the myth about the "wall" separating church and state. The Constitution prohibits the government from establishing a state religion such as the Church of England, which existed in England at the time the establishment clause was adopted. Furthermore, it took a constitutional amendment to eliminate slavery. Abraham Lincoln, quite a good attorney, pushed the adoption of the 13th Amendment. To complain that the court enforced the...