Prayer police?

A recent letter had a version of a poem for school prayer written supposedly by a teen student from Arizona. There have been several versions of this poem over years all by some anonymous person mostly a student. Written in the same style as “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep”. It is assumed that children want prayer back in schools. So let us take a look at prayer in schools.

The Christian right and followers would like us to believe the absence of prayer in schools has led to a downfall of morality. Has it? Considering several generations have been to school without school prayer we have many virtuous people in America. Prayer is not going to help school systems or students or help one get one better grades or scores on SAT’s or prevent someone from shooting them. There are a lot of born again Christians in prisons.

Look at all the advances that have been made since the decisions in 1962 and 1963 about prayer in schools. Social, technological, medical advancements; the elimination of prayer has not hindered these advances.

Do you now want the government to become the prayer police in our public schools, because that is what will happen.

Our public schools exist to educate, not to proselytize. Our public schools are for every child no matter what religion they and their families worship. The surprising fact is that in 1890 Catholic parents filed a lawsuit against the use of the ‘Protestant’ Bible being used to lead prayer in schools. Do you really want the ‘majority’ in your area deciding which Bible to use in school prayers? Only a handful of states passed laws requiring the reading of the Bible and prayer in their schools. One person did not end prayer in schools. Many people did.

Students and teachers can pray in school. It has to be voluntary, not school administration directed or organized. Some have forgotten prayer is private, not public.

Charles M. Reeder


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