A letter writer recently asserted that the left’s “war on Christianity prevents prayer in school and sporting events.”

That the “left,” or the Supreme Court, or any other entity has “taken prayer out of our schools” is a claim asserted all too often by all too many uninformed conservatives.

The Supreme Court has ruled, and properly so, that agents of government, including employees and administrators of public schools, may not endorse any one religion by prescribing or administering prayer or other religious exercises to be carried out in the public schools under direction and control of school (government) authorities.

There is a stunning inconsistency on the part of those who, on the one hand, want “the government” to “stay out of our private and personal lives,” but on the other hand are willing to let that same government (that they all “know” cannot be trusted) to prescribe for minor children in their custody, when to pray, where to pray, to whom to pray, for what to pray, and in whose name to pray.

There is hardly anything I can think of that is more of a personal matter than the relationship between a person and his/her God. But the would-be theocrats who contend for “putting God back in the schools” nevertheless seem altogether comfortable with permitting government to invade and supplant that very private and personal relationship.

When prayer or other religious exercises are devised and voluntarily led and participated in solely by public school students, they are constitutionally permissible.

John P. Crowder


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David Rau

I will try to educate Pasley if such a thing is possible. Does he really think that school desegregation began automatically in 1954 with the Brown vs The Kansas board of education decision by the Supreme court? Most cities and counties fought that for years in the south. Here where i live the Lawrence County Schools were not desegregated until 1966. The Federal courts ordered busing in Nashville in the 70s because Nashville had not successfully desegregated their schools. There you go Pasley you got schooled once again.

Jacob Pasley

Poor ol dumb dave, can't even get his dates correct. Segregation was deemed unconstitutional in 1954. School Public Prayer was deemed unconstitutional in 1962. Hating Christians is no different than hating people of different colors. Seeing things only in Black and White means you have more in common with racists than you are going to admit. It must really suck being you.

David Rau

Well said Mr. Crowder, the Supreme Court never removed prayer from the public schools but they did remove forced prayer. What it all really comes down to is that the religious right does not believe in separation of church and state. After schools were desegregated right wing wacos and segraganist went to war against the public schools and their rallying cry was the removal of prayer from the public schools. But their real motivation was they hated desegregation of the public schools. Nashville is a good example in the 70s when the courts ordered forced busing of the Nashville schools at least 50 so called christian schools sprang up overnight because many people in Nashville did not intend for their children to go to school with blacks. But over the years most of those schools fell by the wayside because of their poor education standards. One of the last ones was destroyed this week during the Nashville tornado. Another example of this is home schooling. The real aim of these people that cry about no prayer in school is really motivated by race and their hate of minorities.

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