Thursday, December 27, 2012

Prayer Has Never Left School

Prayer has never left the schools ... teachers and students alike pray, at home, at work, in the mosque, synagogue, temple or church - whether they be Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish or Christian or whatever.

What we DON'T need are organized, or ritual, prayers said by a teacher or principal over a loudspeaker system or before athletic events.

Whereas our public schools were once an extension of the Protestant Establishment (which is why Roman Catholics created their own parochial system), the diversity of the nation has brought us to another place, wiser and more respectful of all the religious traditions that now make up the American quilt of faith.

"Prayer in schools" has become a favorite tagline of conservatives, but in reality, it's one of those throw-away phrases that's impossible to define and thus meaningless; though it's not the first time that folks get all riled up over meaningless religious jargon and cant.

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