In 1962, in the case of Engel vs. Vitale, the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional for state officials to compose official school prayer and require it to be recited by students in United States public schools. A year later, Charles Schulz composed a nearly text-free masterpiece tackling the issue of school prayer that appeared in papers on Sunday. Naturally.
The reaction to this Sunday was enormous, with the pro- and anti-school prayer factions confident that Schulz had drawn the perfect encapsulation of their feelings on the issue. Mind you, anyone claiming they saw their point of view validated in Sally’s mega-paranoid behavior just revealed themselves to be not quite bright. The neutrality of the strip was another flare of Schulzian genius, meaning impressionable, emotional readers would twist it to fit their beliefs, but when dared to pinpoint the moment in the strip that they could see the cartoonists solidarity with them…they couldn’t do it.
“I don’t believe in school prayer. I think it’s total nonsense.” – Charles Schulz, interviewed in The Comics Journal in 1998.
In case you were wondering.