1952 Supreme Court Ruling
Zorach v. Clauson

The Supreme Court upheld the position that New York City could continue to permit students’ release time for religious or devotional exercises.


Excerpts from the official decision from the bench:

“…We are a religious people and our institutions presuppose a Supreme Being. . . .”

“…To hold that [the state] may not [accommodate the public service to students’ spiritual needs or religious instruction] would be to find in the Constitution a requirement that the government show a callous indifference to religious groups. That would be preferring those who believe in no religion over those who do believe. . . .”

“…We cannot read into the Bill of Rights such a philosophy of hostility to religion.”
(The Patriot’s Bible 135)

FYI—
In February 2012, Egypt’s Al-Hayat TV interviewed US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, soliciting advice on drafting the Egyptian constitution.

“I would not look to the US constitution,” she said. “If I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012, I might look at the constitution of South Africa, Canada … and the European Convention on Human Rights.”
Ginsburg has served on the Supreme Court since her nomination by President Clinton in 1993. One of her top credentials that lead to her nomination was serving as General Counsel for the ACLU in the 1970’s.