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  • Keith Gatling

    01/01/2013 11:05 PM

    This isn't really a comment about any particular show, but it seemed to be the only way to contact you.

    Shortly after the events in Newtown CT, comments were attributed to you, saying that things like this happen because we have removed God from our schools. I've heard comments like this from others at other times, but no one seems to have taken the time to do the real research about the Supreme Court decision that removed *officially sponsored* prayers from public schools.

    Contrary to popular belief, it wasn't all about the famous and much-reviled atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hare, but rather about a minister…a Christian minister…who objected to the public schools interfering with the religious education of his children. So it was a *Christian* who said "this doesn't belong here."

    Also, I am just old enough to remember a few years of what "school prayer" was like in NJ. It wasn't a simple non-denominational prayer said after the Pledge of Allegiance. It was a mini devotional service, with a reading from the Psalms and The Lord's Prayer.

    While the psalms may have worked for "everyone," if you were Jewish the Lord's Prayer didn't, and if you were Catholic, it was the wrong version.

    Also, if your parents had you opt out for reasons of conscience, you were likely to be beaten up by the rest of the "good Christian kids" for being different.

    This is why *officially sanctioned* prayer is out from public schools, because we couldn't do it in a way that really satisfied anyone anyway. It was either too watered down for those to whom it was important, too specific for those who weren't of that group, and we Christians, who are supposed to love one another, were too intolerant of others to leave them be.