The public’s wishes are ignored
The decision remains highly unpopular with the American public. Polls over the last 50 years continue to show a majority hoping the rulings could be overturned by Congress or a constitutional amendment. Critics of the decisions say that the Supreme Court chose to ignore the intent of the writers of the U.S. Constitution – and the rich Christian history of the nation. But the Supreme Court had established an official hostility to Christianity that would transform everything. “Engel is seen by some as the first salvo in this long-running battle between religious conservatives and people on the left” who were hostile toward religion, says David Masci, a senior researcher at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.