by Countable | 2.28.18
For seven hours on Wednesday Rev. Billy Graham will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Building before his remains are taken to North Carolina for a private burial. Graham is one of only 33 individuals that have lain in state (government officials and military officers) or in honor (private citizens) in the Capitol Rotunda, and the first cleric.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) featured a statement on his website about Rev. Graham:
"Rev. Billy Graham was an American evangelist and minister, internationally known for his devout faith, inherent humility, and inclusive nature."
Barbara Perry, director of presidential studies at the Miller Center for presidential and political history at the University of Virginia, according to the Washington Post, is among critics who maintain to honor Graham in this particular way is unconstitutional.
The Establishment Clause of the Constitution separated church and state:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
Here’s a list of all the people who have lain in state or in honor in the Capitol:
Should Rev. Billy Graham be honored in this way for his contributions to the United States, or is it unconstitutional in your view?
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— Asha Sanaker
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