Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says the Constitution Allows for States to Create

Clarence Thomas (Mark Wilson/Getty)
Clarence Thomas (Mark Wilson/Getty)

When the Supreme Court ruled this week that town board meetings could begin with prayers, conservative Justice Clarence Thomas suggested the Constitution gives states a lot more power over religion than many realize.

Thomas wrote in a separate opinion that the Constitution doesn’t specifically bar states from establishing their own religions, as the Wall Street Journal reports.

The fact that some states had established churches in 1789 suggests “the First Amendment was simply agnostic on the subject of state establishments; the decision to establish or disestablish religion was reserved to the states,” Thomas wrote.

Many people believe the Constitution creates a “separation of church and state” because of the part of the First Amendment that says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”

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