Prayer in public schools

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In God We Trust?

SCAPEL reported this poem written by an Arizona teenager on May 20, 2000, "Now I sit me down in school, where praying is against the rule. For this great nation under GOD, finds mention of Him very odd. If Scripture now the class recites, it violates the Bill of Rights. And anytime my head I bow becomes a federal matter now. Our hair can be purple, orange, or green, that's no offence; it's a freedom scene. The law is specific, the law is precise. Prayers spoken allowed are a serious vice. For praying in a public hall might offend someone with no faith at all. In silence alone we must meditate, God's name is prohibited by the state. We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks, and pierce our noses, tongues, and cheeks. They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible. To quote the good book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant senior prom queen, and the 'unwed daddy,' our senior king. It's "inappropriate" to teach right from wrong, we're taught that such "judgments" do not belong. We can get our condoms and birth controls, study witchcraft, vampires, and totem poles. But the Ten Commandments are not allowed, no word of God must reach this crowd. It's scary here I must confess, when chaos reigns the school is a mess. So, Lord, this silent plea I make: should I be shot; my soul please take! Amen." This poem says it plain and simple, when the country decided to separate things between church and state, mainly prayer in schools; things have become pretty hairy for today's children.

Before the year 1962, students would begin their morning off with a simple, yet innocent prayer. It simply stated, "ALMIGHTY GOD, WE ACKNOWLEDGE OUR DEPENDENCE UPON THEE, AND WE...