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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Delaware School Board Allowed Christian Prayer

By Rick Pearcey • March 2, 2010, 09:06 AM

"A ruling by a federal judge in Delaware could be a step in the right direction toward protecting school boards across the country that wish to open meetings with Christian prayer," reports OneNewsNow. 

"The U.S. Congress is allowed to open its sessions with prayer, and according to Judge Joseph Farnan, the Indian River School Board in Delaware is closer to a legislative body than a school, so it should be allowed to open its meetings in the same manner."

But why erect a wall around the schools? 

This judge seems not to realize that the "unalienable rights" of the Declaration do not end at the school door.

Not just school board members, but also teachers, students, principals, and other human beings are "created equal" and are "endowed" by our Creator with "certain unalienable rights," among them "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

This false wall of separation between prayer and school -- between who we are as humans and how we learn as humans -- smacks of secular hubris. 

Instead, the 1st Amendment prevents Congress from passing any "law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" or "abridging the freedom of speech."

Congress, and the federal establishment generally, needs to get back to the rules of freedom as set forth in our Founding documents.

Of course prayer in schools is constitutional. Free-thinking Americans set free by the Creator bow to no human king, to no judicial elite, nor to an overweening Congress. Nor to the privations of secular philosophy. It's all part of keeping a republic.