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Students are free to pray in government or public schools

Dec 29, 2012

By: Kara Estes

Arizona Republic

Students are free to pray in school

Dec. 28, 2012 07:23 PM

Regarding "Turn to a higher power" (Letters, Saturday):

The letter writer is sadly misinformed. Prayer was never removed from schools.

Teacher-led prayer has been done away with in order to keep church and state separate and avoid favoring one religion over another. I am sure many Christian parents would frown on a Muslim teacher leading Muslim prayers to their children and vice versa.

However, if students wish to pray, it is entirely up to them. They may pray to the God of the Bible or the math god before the big test or even the football god to help with those touchdowns.

Removing teacher-led prayer gives everyone the freedom to pray (or not) to whichever god they choose, and that is something we can all be thankful for.

-- Kara Estes, Phoenix


Here is that letter from Peter Wilson, Phoenix which calls for prayer in schools to stop gun violence.

Source

Turn to a higher power

Dec. 22, 2012 12:00 AM

The recent school shootings call for drastic action ... like allowing prayer back in schools.

-- Peter Wilson, Phoenix