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SCHOOL PRAYER 7/7/05 update
I get many emails about reinstituting school prayer as the American way. Now that I have created this webpage, I'll use it as a reply to those emails. If you want to get on that subject, I like a newspaper editorial from the heart of Texas as the final definitive word. I personally believe that religion or spirituality is vital to success in all walks of life. My experience has shown it to be a way to clear my mind and sort my thoughts to ensure my correct path in all walks of my life. I am much more productive by taking time out from my work to do church work. You need a variety of things in your life to be well rounded and properly grounded.
School prayer has been a very divisive issue for a number of years. It takes a lot of COOL thought about the loving god above and how would he react. I really love the thoughts and reason expressed by a Waco Texas newspaper editorial that my minister (Rev Paul L'Herrou) used in a freedom of religion sermon this past year. He forwarded it to me so I could paste it in here.
OK. Now how many of you still want state-sponsored public prayer in your schools? And WHICH prayers?
I click "reply all" regarding any message on religion or prayer, with this webpage, in the interest of opening their eyes to both sides of the subject, so that they don't proliferate un-thought-out and probably unintended religious bigotry among their friends (especially if they are one of my Fuller Brush distributors who could be unintentionally promoting bigotry to their customers and distributors). My ancestors came here for freedom of religion (5 on the Mayflower) and to escape religious persecution and being told what and how to believe and which religion/denomination is right or wrong. I believe the future of our free country (and thus the future of free enterprise like Fuller Brush) depends on the avoidance of a State Religion, or any semblance of same. One of my pet peeves is those companies advertising a "Christian business opportunity" which strikes me as the new version of the KKK saying Jews go home. Another pet peeve is those fanatics who say the Pope and the Jews and everyone else are going to hell unless they change to their religion. I think Jesus will have a surprise for them when they go knocking on heaven's door! Haven't they read their own definition of the Anti-Christ?
Perhaps, we should consider the argument that the nation's Christian founders founded our nation as a Christian nation and that plurality would therefore best be handled by conformity to that one religion. We might then look to one of the leading founders, the "Father of Our Country", George Washington, for his wisdom on the subject.
In 1797, Washington signed a treaty with Tripoli which ended the Barbary Coast War, and Congress overwhelmingly approved it. That treaty stated in part: "As the government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion, it has in itself no character of enmity against the ideas, religion or tranquility of the Moslem religion, so it is declared that no pretext arising from religious opinion shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries."
Perhaps some political leaders should go back to school and learn what our Founding Fathers had to say about why they founded this country.
If you want to get into some heavy intellectual reading, See also www.yuricareport.com/Dominionism/TheDespoilingOfAmerica.htm (capitals required as shown). Also http://www.theology.edu/journal/volume2/ushistor.htm . Also, as Americans United for Separation of Church and State say, “Thomas Jefferson Built it, George W Bush wants to destroy it”. Visit www.au.org
"If prayer is to mean anything, especially to God, it must be something that comes from the heart, not something memorized or recited robotically as a group." - Roland Rhoades.