Tuesday, August 7, 2007

"You can't pray in schools today"

One of the WMUZ promotional spots claims that, "you can't pray in schools today."

This is absolutely absurd and completely untrue.

Any student can pray in school at just about anytime that they want. There are virtually unlimited opportunities for students to say prayers with each other or engage in solitary prayer. In fact, a Christian bumpersticker announces that, "[a]s long as there are tests, there will be prayer in public schools."

What's not allowed is prayer that is required, mandated, encouraged, endorsed, coerced, or led by the government or one of its employees. Why? Because this would be state sponsorship of religion which is clearly disallowed by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Besides, having teacher-led prayer in schools inevitably leads to problems. What type of prayer should be performed: Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu? Should the prayer be addressed towards God, Jesus, Muhammad, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or some other generic creator? What about the sizable population that doesn't have a strong belief towards a creator at all?

You see folks, Bob and WMUZ don't want freedom of religion. They want their brand of Christianity forced down your throat and your kids throat and they want you to pay for it with your tax dollars.

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