Students Are Always Affected WHENEVER We Don't Pray
by Philip Smith
Recently, Dr. Kelly Pew, the Pickens County School District Superintendent, updated the public on her blog about the recent board decision to change its invocation policy. In the post, she says student's rights would not be affected by the move.
Yet, she has this statement included:
"On Monday, March 25, the board of trustees adopted a policy that would allow board members to deliver non-sectarian prayers at their meetings if they choose. This policy is a change from the previous practice of inviting students to deliver an invocation."
If rights, are as the Declaration Of Independence says, "God-given" … then what authority does the School Board have to take a right (and some could argue; responsibility) away from a student to lead the board that decides their fate and funding in prayer?
I'd also like to have it explained why The Freedom From Religion Foundation has used this as a 1st step everywhere else, including Laurens, to ALSO remove graduation and sporting event prayer.
The people of Pickens County, at least the overwhelming majority, want the School Board to ask for guidance and protection ... Like we are asked. If you profess to be a Christian, it is your duty to call upon THE name of THE Lord.
We are also showing students, on the most important issue of all issues, that we are backing down, being bullied, and showing them that their Bible just isn't true or meaningful. It shows them the stories of Daniel, Peter, and John who suffered persecution for their OUTWARD beliefs, are meaningless. It shows them the school board who is always so quick to point out bullying in our schools has a double standard when they themselves are being bullied. It shows students that cowardice compromise rather than intellectual statesmanship; wins. It teaches them that praying for their enemies is hopeless.
Not standing up teaches that fighting the machine of government tyranny that grossly misinterprets constitutional rights for its own oppressive agenda has become a lost cause. It teaches that our forefathers were stubborn oafs who lacked humility or intellect.
At the school board meeting is was suggested that there were example prayers included in the new policy …
What example are we teaching kids about their faith, when we don't use The Teacher Jesus's prayer as an example:
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
So, yes, it affects students. They will use this board's decisions and examples as guidance. In a generation or two, we will have forgotten what a prayer is.
Don't believe it?
Look at the definitions parents have of the word "family" now. Look at the definition our government has of "recovery" or "inflation" or "budgets".
I'd say that students are always affected whenever we don't pray.
To read, Dr. Pew's statement on the issue, read: