Friday, January 24, 2014
Prayer in schools
To the Editor:
In a recent Letter to the Editor the author wrote a very articulate letter about prayer in public schools. He also stated that South Carolina should pass a law to support prayer in public schools.
As a retired teacher and administrator in the public schools of SC for over 45 years, I can assure the author that prayer in the public schools of SC is still allowed. Each morning students hear the National Anthem, say the Pledge of Allegiance and this is followed by a Moment of Silence.
During that Moment of Silence one can pray to the deity they choose.
To ask the SC Legislature to pass a law for mandatory prayer in the public schools would be a violation of the separation of church and state. It is not the federal, state or local government’s job to mandate prayer. Freedom of religion also means freedom from religion.
If we mandate prayer in public schools, whose prayer is it going to be? Will it be Baptist, Episcopalian, Catholic, Methodist or one of many other sects?
We live in a democracy not a theocracy and that’s the way our Founding Fathers planned it. I recommend anyone who would like to live in a theocracy to try the Middle East.
Freedom of religion means the individual makes his/her choice as to the God they chose to worship; as for me it is Christ. And as long as we have testing, we will have prayer!
Brooks P. Moore