‘Lord’s Prayer’ interferes with moment of silence

Dear editor,

There is a movement under way to encourage people to recite the Lord’s Prayer during the moment of silence observed at school football games.

It is being promoted by good people, who I like to consider my friends.

But, the public prayer is inappropriate, if for no other reason than the fact that it intrudes into the moment of silence being enjoyed by others.

It constitutes a disturbance of the peace just as surely as would the blowing of a whistle, the clapping of hands, or a recitation from the Koran.

It is a disturbance of the peace just as surely as if it occurred during a public speech.

Furthermore, the public prayer is inappropriate because it compromises the very nature of the moment of silence, which itself is a thinly-veiled effort to skirt the wall of separation between church and state.

If the public prayer becomes an unchallenged part of the moment of silence, then school officials implicitly will be promoting the prayer by continuing to offer the moment of silence.

And, the public prayer will not be challenged because law enforcement officials will lack the courage to arrest those who disturb the peace in this manner.

In fact, at least one of the promoters of the public prayer is an elected official who is charged with enforcing our laws.

If, as has been explained to me, the goal is to protect the football players, then I would think that a silent prayer would suffice.

And, the players are always free to silently pray for themselves.

If a Supreme Being is inclined to give effect to a prayer, I would hope that protection will not be denied simply because the prayer is silent.

On the other hand, if the goal is to put on a public show, then I would submit that the time and place is inappropriate.

Gather at a home or church, before the game, and pray loudly and long

Pray silently at the game.

But don’t impose your religious beliefs on others and don’t tolerate others who would impose their religious beliefs on you.

James David Walker
805 East Avenue C
PO Box 41
Milano, TX 76556

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