The Illinois state government passed a new law, “The Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act”, which mandated that public school students observe a moment of silence or prayer. What business does the government have in forcing kids to pray or for that matter, observe a moment of silence? Students have thousands of opportunities a day to observe a moment of silence, a prayer or other form of meditation without having to drag the teacher and other students into it. At the local high school here students voluntarily gather around the flag pole for prayer before class starts – nothing wrong with that, they get about 20 students doing it (out of 1200): they don’t bother anyone and students are free to join or not. Why bother to mandate it, unless the real purpose is to move us a bit closer to a theocracy? As noted in the article:
Instead of kowtowing to the desires of Religious Right lobbyists, many of whom are itching to turn public schools into religious academies, Illinois lawmakers should stop meddling in prayer and get back to the business of running a secular government.
Amen to that! Fortunately, more reasonable heads are prevailing….