Prayer in School

Posted Wednesday, January 23, 2008, at 5:03 PM
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  • As long as it is student led, I believe it can be allowed. We have seen it at Cascade in the past.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 6:32 PM
  • I'm not sure about basketball games but I know that Lincoln County has a student led prayer before all football games. One year they did "the moment of silence" thing but it didn't fly too well. I'm glad they went back to the prayer.

    -- Posted by EastSideMom on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 7:47 PM
  • I thought that Cascade was having prayer before football games? Maybe I am wrong. But I do wish that more of that was happening.

    -- Posted by Christian Dad on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 8:16 AM
  • Prayer is probably o.k. as long as it is student led. Prayer in school is acceptable as long as the teacher or other school official is not leading it.

    -- Posted by volfanatic on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 9:04 AM
  • How times have changed! When I was in 1st, 2nd & 3rd grades we had the Pledge of Allegiance and then the Lord's Prayer, EVERY MORNING!

    Then when I got into the 4th grade the Lord's Prayer stopped.

    Too bad, because in retrospect it was a good way for kids to start the day.

    The U.S. is heading towards Socialism/Communism more and more. Soon we'll end up an Atheist nation rather than Judeo-Christian. Mark my words, THAT will be the beginning of the end for our wonderful United States of America.

    -- Posted by puppydinks on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 2:37 PM
  • Yeah soon we will have to wear uniforms and salute teachers in goosestep fashion too. Don't believe me? We are already halfway there now.

    -- Posted by Evil Monkey on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 5:34 PM
  • LOL!!!

    puppydinks... Religion was never meant for school, that's why there are two seperate buildings, one is for education, one is for spiritual uplifting... You wouldn't want a church teaching you economics, math, science, or many others subjects so why then does a school need to teach religion? It's not the place of a school to entrench on the "freedom from religion" that we were all guaranteed.. That doesn't mean keeping religion out of government, it means keeping government out of religion! Which means, keep the SCHOOL out of the CHURCH'S business...

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 10:07 PM
  • A general prayer has nothing to do with religion. If you don't want to participate, that is fine; quietly sing or hum to yourself while others are praying. It is no more right for you to tell me I can't pray than for me to make you. It is our individual right to choose to participate and we should have that opportunity if we want.

    -- Posted by EastSideMom on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 1:10 AM
  • Thank you EastSideMom - couldn't have said it any better myself!

    -- Posted by puppydinks on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 9:41 AM
  • "Our Father who art in Heaven,

    Hallowed be THY name,

    Thy Kingdome come, Thy Will be done,

    On Earth as it is in Heaven,

    Give Us this day our daily Bread,

    and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those

    who trespass against us,

    And lead us not into temptation, but

    deliver us from Evil,

    for Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory, FOREVER,


    -- Posted by puppydinks on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 9:48 AM
  • Are the churches just doing such a poor job that the schools now need to reinforce religious beliefs? If my child is doing poorly in math, maybe I should get the Sunday School teacher to spend a little time on quadratic equations this Sunday. Maybe church can start with the reciting of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address or some passages from Shakespeare, because I don't feel my child is getting enough of this in regular school.

    -- Posted by volfanatic on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 10:43 AM
  • Merry CHRISTmas!

    One month later and 11 months ahead!!

    -- Posted by puppydinks on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 1:49 PM
  • Right... did you actually read what CHRISTmas was originally celebrated for in the other blog? The Pagan Sun God!!

    Not such much Christ in that...

    Nobody is telling you not to pray EastSideMom, they are just saying, DON'T FORCE IT on ANYONE, as in the leaders/administration has no authority to be the religious leaders... I find it ironic, all the folks who want prayer in school, probably never even pray at home, and if so, not often enough.

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Sat, Jan 26, 2008, at 5:00 PM
  • And I also find it laughable that Christians mock other religions that force their citizens to take part in something that CHRISTIAN'S don't believe in.. So turn the situation around and ask yourself how you'd feel if YOU had to practice a specific religion, had to pray 5 times a day, and you as a woman, had NO authority or even the right to be online right now... In fact, in your own Bible, many women werent't supposed to speak unless spoken to, and even then their opinions weren't respected.

    That same freedom that gives you the right to do many things you take for granted, is the same freedom that everyone else is entitled to. This comes from someone who prays daily... How many times a day do you stop and demand your work allow you to pray? Nobody complains about prayer at work, or pledging the allegience... but honestly, how many times do you do that anyways?

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Sat, Jan 26, 2008, at 5:05 PM
  • I pray every day for my family, friends and our country.

    -- Posted by puppydinks on Sat, Jan 26, 2008, at 9:52 PM
  • Then why do you care if you get to do that at school? You can, just don't force ANYONE else to. Simple as that.

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Sat, Jan 26, 2008, at 10:05 PM
  • No one here has said anything about FORCING prayer- why do you keeping reading things that aren't there?

    All I've said is that when I was a kid, the Lord's Prayer was routine, like the Pledge and I think it should STILL be allowed. So what's the big deal, what's your problem? THAT'S MY OPINION! You got a problem with my having an opinion?

    I'm a Christian and proud of it! Again, Merry Christmas!

    -- Posted by puppydinks on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 8:04 AM
  • It can be routine still, in the comfort of your own home..

    I am glad you are a Christian, and proud of it... Now, since you are please describe the principle on which it was founded.. the original founders, and tell me about ALL the people that have been killed in the name of Christianity.. Or, should I just assume that you don't know...

    There were probably many things that were "routine" when you were a child, but thankfully we have advanced.

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 7:27 PM
  • I was born and raised a Christian and I know all about the Crusades etc., however, I intend to remain a Christian.

    -- Posted by puppydinks on Mon, Jan 28, 2008, at 7:12 AM
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