If Government Mandates Prayer in Public Schools

In light of the tragic Sandy Hook massacre, one of the reasons given for such incidents is that God has been kicked out of public schools. One argument for inviting God back into public schools is to reinstate prayer.

I am not arguing whether reinstating government mandated prayer is right or wrong.

But I am wondering something….

If government mandates prayer in public schools who faith will lead the prayers – a Muslim, a Jew, a Hindu, a Buddhist , a Sikh, a Jehovah’s Witness, a Mormon or a Christian? Which prayer would please God and actually invite Him into the school system?

Just wondering.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 rhology December 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

Only the faithful Christian’s prayer would.
But what does “invite Him into the school system” mean?

2 Mark December 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Since God has been “kicked out” reinstating prayer is one argument to invite Him back in. I’m going off of some of the arguments for prayer in school.

3 rhology December 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Hmmm…. I don’t really think He was kicked out. Maybe I’m not on your same frequency.

4 Mark December 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I’m not making the claim; only using it as a spring board for my questions. For example (bold mine):

Another conservative Christian leader, Bryan Fischer of the American family Association, said the victims at Sandy Hook had lost God’s protection because prayer has been prohibited from schools.

“The question is going to come up, where was God?,” Fischer said. “I thought God cared about the little children. God protects the little children. Where was God when all this went down. Here’s the bottom line, God is not going to go where he is not wanted… Now we have spent since 1962 – we’re 50 years into this now-we have spent 50 years telling God to get lost, telling God we do not want you in our schools, we don’t want to pray to you in our schools, we do not want to pray to your before football games, we don’t want to pray to you at graduations, we don’t want anybody talking about you in a graduation speech… In 1962 we kicked prayer out of the schools. In 1963 we kicked God’s word out of ours schools. In 1980 we kicked the Ten Commandments out of our schools. We’ve kicked God out of our public school system. And I think God would say to us, ‘Hey, I’ll be glad to protect your children, but you’ve got to invite me back into your world first. I’m not going to go where I’m not wanted. I am a gentlemen.”

Cf. Sandy Hook School Shooting News Update: Christian Right Blames Atheists, Homosexuality For Tragedy in Newtown

5 rhology December 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm


6 Christiane December 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I’ve worked in Catholic schools and in public schools. In Catholic schools, there is prayer throughout the day at intervals, and one day a week, there is a formal Church service for faculty and all students. In the public schools where I worked, there was a ‘moment of silence’ in the morning, when some chose to pray according to their beliefs.

Only among SOME people is there contempt for other faiths, the like of which I have never seen before in my life . . . and this causes concern, when the same individuals want to impose THEIR faith on others in a public setting (you can fill in the names of the extreme faiths that follow this pattern) . . .

as a public school teacher, I would defend the principle of RESPECT for others who are not like you, as a mark of common decency and civil practice in a country where there is religious freedom. As a Catholic school teacher, that is also what we taught our children.

I don’t know if people realize this, but many public school teachers are people of deep faith who also are ethical and respectful of the diversity of their students’ faiths. In my public school(s), we had ministers’ wives who taught, and they were extremely decent human beings for whom we all had the greatest respect and admiration. I’m not sure at all what some people want to happen to our public schools in the way of imposing their own faith on them, but I would caution them to understand that they are in league with other religions who want to do the same thing to our schools . . . only from a much different faith perspective . . . so be careful what you wish for and work for . . . you might get your way, and then it may seem more like a Pandora’s box has been opened . . .

And I must also say that this has been a year for teachers to ‘endure’ . . . what with the political attacks on teachers and public employees recently (thank God that danger has passed), and the violence which seems to have no ending.

Teachers are professional educators, with university degrees, and with state certifications. They provide an education service to children and their parents and to the community. But they are not scapegoats. They are not parents to those they teach professionally, although acting in ‘loco parentis’, we sometimes feed, bring clothing for, and buy shoes and school supplies for needy students out of our own pockets;
and they are not social workers, although many a teacher and a guidance counselor have driven a parent and sick child to the doctor for appointments.
Teachers are not police officers. But as is now known, some will stand in front of a gunman to shield a loved child.

Here’s the thing:
don’t ask teachers in public schools to replace you in your God-given job of educating your dear children in the faith in which you are raising them . . . they are not trained for that role. That is a sacred role given to a parent. And it’s one role for which you WILL answer one day to the Lord who entrusted those beautiful children to your care.

Thanks for allowing me an opportunity to express my sincere thoughts and feelings here.

7 jennyelaine December 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I for one would not want prayer reinstated if that means someone else would lead my child in prayer. Also, I don’t see how God can be kicked out of anywhere since God is a Spirit and wherever I am, or another Christian is, He is. Also, I can sit right in front of you and pray and you would never know it…bowing my head and closing my eyes to pray is a manmade thing. The argument is an unnecessary, sad thing. God would not want us to strongarm anyone into taking a posture of prayer….because that is what it would be. Someone who looks as tho they are either praying or leading prayer who is leading children to follow is not prayer in it’s true sense. Prayer is between a person and their God…which is why God says not to be seen praying publically…but to go into one’s own prayer closet. >> We have to stop legislating God. in all forms….and get back to being Christ to people…as God does not come to people from the outside in. We can force someone to bow their heads, mouth words and we can even chain them to a pew….but it will never ever make them a Christian.

Thank you Mark for this…..blessings!!

8 GP December 28, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I like the implicit assumption that Government is so powerful that it can kick God out of anything. That so-called “religious conservatives” would even say such a thing displays an unnervingly big view of government and a heretically (sp?) small view of God.

If we really believe in a god like that, I guess the Buddhist should lead the prayers.


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