A Moment of Silence at School

By Delores Klein, Peoria, IL

District 150 has renewed the debate about prayer in schools by talk of re-instating a “Moment of Silence.” Public discussion always seems to be phrased as if only Jewish and Muslim citizens or atheists would object.

A “real” religious education is needed by our students and especially by those parents who want their own prayer in public schools. There are a number of denominations. Historically some early colonists were persecuted by others. Only one colony allowed religious freedom to all denominations.

Envision the possibilities today by teachers beginning the “moment of silence” by individually acting on their own religious beliefs. A Catholic teacher would hardly be tolerated by non-Catholic parents if he or she started the day with the Hail Mary! Lawsuits anyone?

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