Thursday, November 3, 2011
Prayer in Schools
In the past few weeks, there has been some controversy in Lauderdale County, Alabama, (where I live) concerning prayer before football games in the public school system. Some saw this as school-sanctioned prayer, because it was broadcast over a PA system that belonged to the school, and a violation of First Amendment rights of the 8% of the crowd that didn't like it.
The superintendent, possibly in order to avoid a lawsuit for his already financially stressed department, stopped the prayer.
At one of the county schools last Thursday night, minutes before kickoff, three timid six-grade girls stood up and began to recite the Lord's prayer. Immediately, they were joined by almost every person sitting in the bleachers on the home side. When the guests of the opposing team saw what was going on, they stood and recited the prayer, too.
At another county school the same night, fans from both sides walked onto the field together and prayed. It caused the kickoff to be a few minutes late, but the penalty was declined.
No human can stop a Christian from praying. As a teacher, I can assure you that prayer in school is constant, even if it is not on an intercom system.
Daniel prayed, knowing he was heading for a lions' den, and we all know how that turned out!