When President Reagan purposed School Prayer, Duncan Hunter was there.
Duncan's record is stellar. When Reagan was fighting for school prayer and it was looking bad, Duncan was there fighting tooth and nail. That was 1984 and Duncan is still fighting for the conservative cause today. There is no one running for President whose record even comes close. Enjoy this article from 1984 and check out Duncan Hunter.
SanDiego Union Tribune
March 16, 1984
With the fate of President Reagan's proposal for school prayers in doubt, a San Diego area congressman is doing his best to get the idea moving in the House of Representatives.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Coronado, belongs to an informal group of like-thinking House members who have dubbed themselves the Conservative Opportunity Society.
When the 60 or so members met Feb. 29, they turned at Hunter's instigation to the emotional, controversial and highly topical issue of prayer in public schools.
Hunter proposed that a bipartisan group conduct an all-night discussion of school prayer on the floor of the House.
What resulted was the participation of 51 Republicans and 12 Democrats in the longest "special order" on a single issue in the history of the House. A special order is time reserved for discussing an issue after the regular business of the day is concluded.
But many senators seemed unimpressed. Yesterday, the Senate rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would permit silent meditation in public schools, a compromise proposal that fell well short of the spoken prayer advocated by Reagan and Hunter.
Hunter cites Gallup polls showing that 81 percent of the American people favor a constitutional amendment allowing prayer in the schools.
"The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution with the firm belief in a Supreme Being. I think it is ironic that we in Congress start each day with a prayer, but public school children are denied the same right," he says.
Hunter, a second-term congressman, organized the all-night session with the backing of the Conservative Opportunity Society.
The discussion lasted from 1:20 p.m. on March 5 to 9 a.m. March 6, shattering previous records.
Hunter coordinated the event, lining up the 63 members who spoke and assigning them time slots.
The session coincided with Senate debate on the proposed constitutional amendment, which would reverse a 22-year-old Supreme Court ruling, banning organized prayer in public schools.
In the House, it was the first time in 13 years the issue had reached the floor. The Democratic leadership has bottled up the prayer proposal for years.
A House subcommittee hearing is scheduled for the end of this month but committee leaders show few signs of relenting and letting the prayer amendment reach the full House, regardless of what the Senate does.
Hunter's efforts didn't go unnoticed at the White House.
A few hours after the talkathon ended, Hunter received a call from President Reagan, who is the most prominent advocate of the school prayer amendment. Reagan said he had received a number of calls from supporters of the amendment, saying they had seen the House proceedings on television.