Nobody is proposing to forbid students from praying, yet supporters of teacher-led prayer
Nobody is proposing to forbid students from praying, yet supporters of
teacher-led prayer in public schools habitually misrepresent the issue
in terms that imply this.
Gerry Palo writes that prayer will be banned, to the detriment of the
rights of followers of various religions. As has been pointed out,
students who want to pray have ample opportunity to pray if they want.
Their rights are in no way abridged by not having a teacher lead them
in prayer. Gerry Palo is either lying, or has been fooled by liars.
Richard Pitts asked an opponent of teacher-led prayer if he was opposed
to "voluntary prayer" in the schools, thus making it sound as if
anybody who opposed him was trying to prevent students from doing what
they wanted to do. This is a lie.
A few years ago, it was common for supporters of teacher-led school
prayer to claim that their opponents wanted to deprive students of the
right to pray in school. This is a lie. (George Bush once borrowed
this lie for another purpose. Barefaced, he accused people opposed to
having teachers lead students in the Pledge of Allegiance of depriving
students of the right to say the Pledge.)
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