Prayer belongs in American schools

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I read with interest an article in The Democrat in reference to prayer in our schools. My admiration to the two gentlemen speaking in this article. Both men (and I) agree that prayer in our schools is needed, but one believes that we can’t openly pray because of respect to our constitution and other people’s religious preference.

I disagree. In reference to our constitution the first Bible printed in America was in 1782, by Congress, for use in our schools. Twenty nine of the 56 men who signed the Declaration had seminary degrees.

For the last 40 to 50 years, our leaders have fought hard to prevent hurting a few and have succeeded in hurting many; in this case, our children.

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In conclusion, praying in school does not disrespect our constitution and the few that might be offended can find another country more acceptable to their beliefs.

I do not believe that we, as Americans, by far the majority, should give up prayer in our schools to appease a few.

Jerry McDaniel

Natchez resident