Prayers In Congress, But Not In Schools?
Editor: What a paradox that the Congress of the United States can open a session with prayer but our public schools are not allowed to start their day with prayer. Not all members of Congress believe in God, yet the amen chorus has been officially in the House and Senate since 1789. For over 200 years, both chambers have chaplains open each session with a prayer. It’s evident that Congress has accepted the fact that America was founded upon the biblical principles of Judeo-Christianity. Out of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention, 93 percent were members of Christian churches. I am 100 percent in favor of Congress continuing their tradition of prayer, for our nation needs fervent prayer, heartfelt prayer, and continual prayer. Taking God out of public schools started America on the path of moral decline. Recently, there is a big movement by atheists and agnostics to have people to pray who are not ordained. Considering the diverse religious makeup of Congress, it’s surprising they are fighting it. As in past precedents, atheists are using litigation to force Congress to let them preach their message. We are living in the age of relativism where our traditional values, morals, ethics, principles, and freedoms are being compromised. The current legal and political climate will give atheists the right to preach their message in Congress. Atheism is a belief in non-belief. So, you categorically deny something you have no evidence against. Atheism is inconsistent with the scientific method. Yet, in 1963, the members of the Warren Court supported the reasoning of an atheist to strike down prayer in public schools. At least Congress has followed George Washington’s belief that it’s impossible to rightly govern the U.S. without God and the Bible. Bill Sarnak HARDING