Prayer in School

Dear Editor,

Drew Brown wrote an excellent letter to the editor concerning prayer in school, and I would like to add to it.

In 1963, Madalyn Murray O’Hair won a lawsuit against the Baltimore School System, which voted in her favor 8-1 to ban school prayer and label it “unconstitutional”. Thorough not all prayer was immediately banned from schools at the time, through a process of time, almost all school prayer is banned today.

The first amendment says, “Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a readress of grievances.

What this meant was to the founders was Congress could not make a law saying that everyone must be Catholic or a Quaker or any other religious denomination. It was to protect religion from Congress. It was never meant to keep religious expression out of public places, last of all schools.

Our society is turned upside down. It doesn’t hut anyone that wants to say a prayer before school starts. I don’t care what religion you are, you have the right to express your religion and pray for a good day. Let’s tell the people we put in Congress to work with the Supreme Court to bring back a wonderful part of society that one atheist took away from us.

This can be turned around, we can slowly stop crime and murder. We can have a mind healthy society. Drew Brown, thank you for your exquisite and eye opening letter. I hope it opens the eyes of a million people.

God Bless the USA and God Bless those who want to teach our children to be useful and loving members of our society.

Phillip Wallace

Martins Ferry