PRAYER BANNED IN SCHOOL

(01/30/2002)

Dear Editor, A leisurely afternoon browsing the past letters to the Editor of the Hur Herald is just what I needed.

However, I found it a bit unsettling to read some letters wherein the writers blamed the Congress of the U.S. for removing prayer from schools. That is simply not true.

Prayer was removed from schools based on a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court and not a law passed by Congress. Then other judges and various bureaucrats got into the act and we have the present situation where some school districts prohibit a Bible on school property.

I noted in a recent news release that a school district in New York has set aside certain areas for Muslim children to pray, but nothing similar is provided for Christians and Jews. They are not permitted to pray on school property. Why does a religion, whose followers comprise less than two percent of the population of the United States, carry such clout?

Congress has done a lot of stupid things, but they never banned prayer in schools. That was done by un-elected so-called Justices of the Supreme Court.

Gerald L. Ball