OUR VIEWS: The right to pray

Oct 10, 2012

At a time when we so often hear about the wrongdoings of our youth, it’s good to know an event such as this is well-attended. Those kids should be commended for their actions.

Joining hands and praying around a flagpole in front of school in the early morning hours is not for everyone, and that’s OK. If it’s not for you, no problem — but for those who do want to participate, we applaud the school for giving them the opportunity to do so.

It’s unfortunate that society dictates whether or not we can allow activities pertaining to politics and religion to continue. From saying the Pledge of Allegiance in our classrooms or a prayer before a sporting event, there are many who think these traditions shouldn’t be allowed. We agree that people shouldn’t be forced to participate, but we also believe those that want to should be able to do so.

The Michigan House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 4934 requiring classes in public schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day. At the same time, the bill prohibits compelling a student to recite the pledge.

We are fortunate to live in the greatest country in the world, and we are afforded many freedoms. Having the opportunity to express them by saying the Pledge of Allegiance in our classrooms or praying in front of the school should be a right for those who wish to participate.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Liz Stuck and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.

Comments

Highlander

Agreed. The school didn't organize or require the pole prayer- these activities tend to be organized by a volunteer teacher, parent or student. It's a message board, so, meh. I don't lose any sleep over it. Usually if I respond to a fallacy and many "points" get ignored. So, ..... The original intent was challenge the original poster' fallacy. I don' really have the time or want to take the time to write a report on the Constitution when I know that the truth may be inconvenient and unimportant to some when they discuss their opinion. Lastly, as long as there are tests in schools, there will be student prayer in school.

Tri-cities realist

Agreed about the tests and prayer in school, good one!

Vladtheimp

1. For a period of several years, Illinois schools and students were prohibited from praying during a "Moment of Silence for Prayer or Reflection" as a result of a class action decision by a federal district court judge, until he was overruled. A public school mandating/requiring prayer does not rise to the level of "Congress making no law respecting establishment of a religion, unless public schools can now enact laws, fund them, and execute them. 2. Let's forget about the dollar bill - let's talk the Declaration of Independence "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's GOD entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. 3. See #2. The US and it's Constitution are based on laws, freedoms accorded us by our God and Creator. In this view, if all men are created equal, and have inalienable rights, of course all citizens, including atheist/agnostics, Christians, Muslims and Buddhists have those rights.

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