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One Inauguration, Under God

A day for democracy and prayer.

11:00 PM, Jan 19, 2009 • By JOSEPH C. SMITH JR. and TARA ROSS
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Rather than separating religion from public life, the country might be better served if it took Ronald Reagan's inaugural advice: "I am told that tens of thousands of prayer meetings are being held on this day, and for that I am deeply grateful. We are a nation under God, and I believe God intended for us to be free. It would be fitting and good, I think, if on each Inauguration Day in future years it should be declared a day of prayer."

Tara Ross and Joseph C. Smith, Jr. are the authors of Under God: George Washington and the Question of Church and State.