The Family Research Council’s weekly call for prayer includes a long quote from Bishop Douglas Small, head of Alive Ministries about prayer in schools and generally in public. It’s full of the same old lies and distortions we’ve heard time and again, starting with the very first sentence:
n 1962, fifty-one years ago, the Supreme Court ruled against prayer in school, and sent a cultural-legal signal of approval for a veritable assault on public prayer, and thereby the public invocation of God’s Presence in and over our nation.
No, they didn’t rule against “prayer in school.” They ruled against the mandatory recitation of prayer in schools, prayers that were composed by the government. For crying out loud, how could anyone who rants and raves about “big government” and religious freedom be in favor of forcing school children to recite government-composed prayers?
No one could have guessed we would arrive at a place where prayer, particularly prayer in the name of Jesus, would create such an outrage. Distinctly Christian prayer – not prayer to a vague deity, not pluralistic, politically-correct, multi-faith prayer – but fervent, Bible-based prayer by believing Christians, to the Living God to whom the Founders deferred is now unacceptable, and sought to be illegal. How have we allowed this to happen?
Another lie. Who wants to make public prayer illegal? Please name them and quote them doing so. As always, the wingnuts conflate attempts to prevent government bodies from forcing people to sit through someone else’s prayers with trying to criminalize the saying of prayers. Those are not even remotely the same thing.
None of this is about religious freedom, it’s about Christian privilege. Let a Muslim try to do the very same thing that Christians demand to be allowed to do and see how quickly all that talk of religious freedom is replaced by torches and pitchforks.