Christians Should Be Allowed To Pray In School
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, recently asked, "Should prayer be allowed in public schools?" President of ChristiaNet, Bill Cooper, stated, "We live in a nation that allows the freedom to practice one's own religion, which includes the Christian action of prayer in public places."
Out of 2,600 Christians surveyed, an overwhelming 97% agreed that they or their children should be allowed the privilege to communicate with God on a daily basis, even if that meant during public school hours, "Public means for all who are citizens. We live in America don't we? It is our choice." Others in agreement wrote, "People of other religions are allowed to pray during school hours, why not Christians?" One poller in this category restated a portion of our pledge of allegiance, "One nation under God, enough said."
Two percent of poll takers did not feel that praying should be done in the public schools, "When you pray, go to your room and close the door. Pray privately to your Father who is with you. Your Father sees what you do in private. He will reward you. Matthew 6:6, I've never understood where or how Christians got the idea that public prayer is what our Lord wants". Others in this group disagreed, "Because it's a PUBLIC school, and there are Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Agnostics and Atheists, and prayers should be said in the proper religious environment of one's choice, not foisted on everyone". Still others argued, "The separation of Church and State is where we should look for the answer to this question."
Only one percent of those surveyed were unsure about whether or not prayer should be allowed in public schools, "I am not sure what our country's laws are on that issue," was one survey takers response. Another said, "Define the word 'allowed' and the word 'prayer'." Most in this category were unsure of the question and felt that if a person prayed privately it was okay, but publicly, "Christians should not participate in public prayer, the Bible says so."
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