Ruth Strzelecki
Ruth Strzelecki

I hesitate to sign this-there are not enough details here. For one, I wonder if you would mean that kids must do a mandatory prayer out loud with others who may be of a different faith, or several different faiths. Or would you have one religion at a time, have a prayer. This could get clique-ish too. I believe in fairness to all, a certain amount of minutes could be observed at the school as a moment of silence to connect with whom/whatever is your personal divine guidance. I think in the...

I hesitate to sign this-there are not enough details here. For one, I wonder if you would mean that kids must do a mandatory prayer out loud with others who may be of a different faith, or several different faiths. Or would you have one religion at a time, have a prayer. This could get clique-ish too. I believe in fairness to all, a certain amount of minutes could be observed at the school as a moment of silence to connect with whom/whatever is your personal divine guidance. I think in the 70's one school I went to did this practice, and though we were of different faiths-the ultimate energy was still very eclectic and beautiful for everyone. The school could have a bulletin board maybe, where kids could find out about classes, ceremonies, masses, that they want to learn more about, to join others in fellowships if they want to. kids find ways to sign up for sports, bands, other groups, this does not really need to be different. maybe subsitute for an elective, instead of oh, study hall, or typing, something like that. But forcing any religion down somebodys throat is a sure way to get rebellion.

Olivia Williams
Olivia Williams
  • Ruth Strzelecki

And how many Gods are there?

Jonathon Jennings
Jonathon Jennings
  • Olivia Williams

1

Olivia Williams
Olivia Williams
  • Ruth Strzelecki

When they did pray in school, there was a moment of silence and each individual prayed silently the way they wanted to pray or if they chose not to have that moment of reflection no one was forced to do anything. We don't have a problem with everyone saluting a flag as if it were God, which could be looked upon as border line idolatry. This is a lost nation. We need to think!!

Ruth Strzelecki
Ruth Strzelecki
  • Ruth Strzelecki

I really don't know how many Gods there were, because it was a silent prayer time. Buddah, Allah, St. Christopher, Jesus...it was unlimited. and nobody was required to state or explain what they were thinking about.

Shirley Casao
Shirley Casao
  • Ruth Strzelecki

Take time to pray.... It is the greatest power on earth!

Ruth Strzelecki
Ruth Strzelecki
  • Ruth Strzelecki

yes mam

Thomas Therealpage Bass
Thomas Therealpage Bass
  • Ruth Strzelecki

IF, MY PEOPLE. WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, WOULD TURN FROM THERE WICKED WAYS.... AND PRAY I,WILL HEAL THE LAND......

Patricia Archer
Patricia Archer
  • Ruth Strzelecki

The USA is supposed to be a free nation. I think each child should be able to pray to their families religion. A moment of silence for prayer in the schools should be permitted.

Mary Wall
Mary Wall
  • Ruth Strzelecki

Did you read whar this man Thomas just said? This is the only way it will be saved. Thank you Thomas.

Jean Taylor
Jean Taylor
  • Ruth Strzelecki

When I was in grade school prayers and scripture was read & spoken across the PA System for our morning devotions.

Jean Taylor
Jean Taylor
  • Ruth Strzelecki

Devotional morning exercize was acceptable! They were something all classes looked forward to. Children were happier getting their day started that way! I never saw any dismay or uncomfortable feelings brought out by anybody from having a simple morning devotion! Let the devils in and prayer goes out the window; (along with the serinity that accompanies prayer and verses.) When they go, sanity goes, when sanity goes, then hate comes in, mean spirits erupt, fear comes in taking away...

Devotional morning exercize was acceptable! They were something all classes looked forward to. Children were happier getting their day started that way! I never saw any dismay or uncomfortable feelings brought out by anybody from having a simple morning devotion! Let the devils in and prayer goes out the window; (along with the serinity that accompanies prayer and verses.) When they go, sanity goes, when sanity goes, then hate comes in, mean spirits erupt, fear comes in taking away everything good and meaningful in lives of daily living. Without it, there is emptiness! Children crave what comes natural, being drawn to God's will, His cause, and to His Way. Acts of devotion to Him in morning hours makes each day a better one, not only for the student but for teachers, administrators, office workers, the food department, maintenance, and all personal plus parents who help teachers and teachers' aides. Everyone benefits so how dare others rise up and say things like 'Jesus no good' kidding or no; that is like laughing in Father God's face, that is intimidating to a Christian and the believer! America is being tried but we are very true to our values as Christian America!

Ruth Strzelecki
Ruth Strzelecki
  • Ruth Strzelecki

I feel that it is unhealthy to be afraid of things getting worse, and unhealthy to have fear of bad things happening. Fear is opposite of FAITH. Fear causes people to have faith that bad things are going to happen. Faith that things are going to be fine, and wonderful, is FAITH in GOD. GOOD.

Dottie Sims
Dottie Sims
  • Ruth Strzelecki

I don't believe that your perception is accurate. The only people that will fear is those who don't have a relationship with God. To know God is to trust God. We of FAITH have nothing to fear but fear itself. I only fear God himself because I know that if I don't live according to his word. THEN and only THEN should I be afraid.

Lynne Mossman
Lynne Mossman
  • Ruth Strzelecki

I agree Dottie and when I was a kid we say a prayer and pledge allegiance and all of us were fine. It made us better people We came together in the class room. I have respect for all religions and how other people practice their faith and they too should be giving a time to do whatever it is they do in their faith while the Catholic children pray

Lynne Mossman
Lynne Mossman
  • Ruth Strzelecki

So much is the taken away in our schools that I don't agree with and was upset when they happened. One nation under God ! It seems that as religion is taking out by government our nation becomes weakness. Society has been weakness in socail structure and kids r going wild, violence between peers has gone up. Just my opinion!

Mary Wells
Mary Wells
  • Ruth Strzelecki

children and adults should have the right to pray in school if they want to.freedom of religion is one of the things the united states was founded on!

Dyla Liles
Dyla Liles
  • Ruth Strzelecki

I agree with you - it doesn't matter what religion. Just bring it back.

Ruth Strzelecki
Ruth Strzelecki
  • Ruth Strzelecki

THANKS!!!

Brenda Mayeaux
Brenda Mayeaux
  • Ruth Strzelecki

Prayer conquers all!! When Prayer was taken out of School, this world went down hill!! I agree totally, AMEN!!!

Kim Sain
Kim Sain
  • Ruth Strzelecki

We need God back in schools that's when we lost control of our children

Ruth Strzelecki
Ruth Strzelecki
  • Ruth Strzelecki

thank you!!!

Ed McPhee
Ed McPhee
  • Ruth Strzelecki

How can we raise our children without prayer. I believe that this would bring peace and harmony to the children. I pray that God will give all of us the strength to carry on

Clifford Wright
Clifford Wright

Prayer in schools is essential to the future of our students.

Tony Haynes
Tony Haynes
  • Clifford Wright

is this a basic all inclusive prayer or a christian, muslim, hindu, jewish, ba'hai, buddhist, islamic prayer, etc?

Clifford Wright
Clifford Wright
  • Clifford Wright

Christian.

James Stull
James Stull
  • Clifford Wright

Well that's tolerant of others beliefs. Forcing your own on non-Christians? This is the land of the free, which was founded on religious freedom.

Clifford Wright
Clifford Wright
  • Clifford Wright

No comment

Clifford Wright
Clifford Wright
  • Clifford Wright

I made the no comment to an individual whose comment I removed. I can validate my statement, but choose not to. I am not here to argue back and forth. I only want to encourage people with my comments. I hope you understand.

Datuk Kelantan
Datuk Kelantan
  • Clifford Wright

Pray to which god ? If Allah im ok .. Jesus no good ( just being sarcastic )

Jean Taylor
Jean Taylor
  • Clifford Wright

America is being tried but we are very true to our values as Christian America!

Donna Kehres
Donna Kehres
  • Clifford Wright

It is good to have faith and it should be taught in schools!

Vancey Herrmann
Vancey Herrmann
  • Clifford Wright

GOD IS THE REASON WE ARE HERE.

Chase Reasoner
Chase Reasoner
  • Clifford Wright

Lol, the amount of ignorance in this post is astounding. You might as well be saying "Everyone needs to be christian because I'm uneducated white trash and my opinion is valid!".

Gwen Steele
Gwen Steele

KNOW PRAYER, KNOW POWER NO PRAYER, NO POWER.

Galen Muhammad
Galen Muhammad
  • Gwen Steele

Gwen Steele:

Just because a child (or adult) is not praying in YOUR presence, that doesn't mean that they don't know how to pray or don't pray.

Besides, this is a bogus petition. Students can STILL pray in public school.

Joann Shelton
Joann Shelton

Prayer and the Ten Commandments back in school is a good start but first they need to be in our homes.

David Miller
David Miller
  • Joann Shelton

They should stay in your homes and in your churches. First amendment. Separation of church and state. It's not the state's responsibility to proselytize your children.

Joyce Bigham
Joyce Bigham
  • Joann Shelton

lets get this done prayers reviveour inward thoughts and help our very beingself essteen put s love and hope in our children gives thema new outlook in life theyll feel secure i was good enough for our ancestors and our generation our children should have same prayer as we prayed lets give the lord the glory i love you j lord

Dallas Lee
Dallas Lee
  • Joann Shelton

I'm a young veteran only twenty-one and I have seen both sides of the world, and I believe that children who believe in god should have the right to pray where ever they are however the one, and that is also one of are freedoms in this country.

Dallas Lee
Dallas Lee
  • Joann Shelton

Regardless of your beliefs David you should use your morals and quit bickering we are all humans and if believing in god is one way to bring us together then what is problem?

James Stull
James Stull
  • Joann Shelton

Dallas Furnish Because it only brings one specific group of people together, it alienates and sometimes attacks those who do not feel the same about religion as you do. A great example of this are the Crusades, or the current turmoil in the Middle East.

Elizabeth Ross
Elizabeth Ross
  • Joann Shelton

its not the states to hand my children condoms either but they do they took GOD OUT AND PUT SEX ORIENTATIN IN my father fought in ww11 for our rights

Debbie Houseright
Debbie Houseright
  • Joann Shelton

Dallas Furnish. Thank you for your service to this country and giving us Freedom. I than GOD for young men like you.

Judi Troxler
Judi Troxler
  • Joann Shelton

I grew up in a home with an angry God hating Atheist father who abused me very badly mentally, physically and otherwise. I had only God to turn to and give me strength. My entire family from childhood is dead and has been for years. My brother starting shooting heroin at a very young age and died of AIDS. Mom started shooting heroin in her 40's and died in her mid 50's and dad was taken away in 1974 when "The Child Protective Act" was finally put into force releasing me at age 16 from his...

I grew up in a home with an angry God hating Atheist father who abused me very badly mentally, physically and otherwise. I had only God to turn to and give me strength. My entire family from childhood is dead and has been for years. My brother starting shooting heroin at a very young age and died of AIDS. Mom started shooting heroin in her 40's and died in her mid 50's and dad was taken away in 1974 when "The Child Protective Act" was finally put into force releasing me at age 16 from his evil demonic clutch in life. I had to sneak to church and hide my Bible in my closet or be beaten for putting my little hands together to pray. I was not allowed to keep Church at home at the sake and hand of such and angry God hating man who abused the entire family because he had no one to answer to. We all have our choice to choose God or not choose God but we do not have to keep it at home. It is also our right of FREEDOM in the Constitution to speak of God and pray wherever we want. Not saying it has to be forced upon anyone. It is your right and choice to not believe or pray just as it is my right and choice to believe and pray. I was told in an online College class not to bring up God. It is my right to bring up God as it is your right to not believe or pray. We are all different and we can all talk as we do about different subjects but we still have a right to believe in our own ways.

Randy Spivey
Randy Spivey
  • Joann Shelton

Dallas Furnish AMAN

Jenny Thrasher
Jenny Thrasher

Prayer needs to be in school, i done it and said our pledge to the American Flag. It didn't hurt me a bit. People want to talk about well , our religion , our beliefs ,on and on . But.i strongly Believe if You Are an American of the Us ,you should be proud of our Flag , proud of our freedom. Proud to Be A American ! Don't bring religion into it nor your beleifs, plan And simple ---- if your A American, its the right thing to do. If you disagree, i don't feel you need to Be Living in AMERICA,...

Prayer needs to be in school, i done it and said our pledge to the American Flag. It didn't hurt me a bit. People want to talk about well , our religion , our beliefs ,on and on . But.i strongly Believe if You Are an American of the Us ,you should be proud of our Flag , proud of our freedom. Proud to Be A American ! Don't bring religion into it nor your beleifs, plan And simple ---- if your A American, its the right thing to do. If you disagree, i don't feel you need to Be Living in AMERICA, AND GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY , WHERE , YOU CAN CARRY ON YOUR BELIEFS AND ALSO WORSHIP WHO EVER, OR WHAT EVER YOU BELIEVE IN -- BECAUSE WE AS AMERICANS BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. AND ,I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR ALL THE NO --- BELIEVERS.. AMEN .

Aidan Wilson
Aidan Wilson
  • Jenny Thrasher

Ignorant AMERICAN... better put AMERICA in caps and say people shouldn't live in your country because they don't follow your faith... This why many people look down on Americans... people like you spoil the bunch... Also your logic is so flawed...

Diana Adcockbrock
Diana Adcockbrock
  • Jenny Thrasher

Aidan and its people like you who we dont want, here we just want others to repect what we believe and , our flag and faith not asking you to be one of us just repect our ways

John P Clanton
John P Clanton
  • Jenny Thrasher

Totally agree and well said...

Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson
  • Jenny Thrasher

Shirley Jackson Conway, S.C.29527

Rebecca Joyner
Rebecca Joyner
  • Jenny Thrasher

Couldn't have said it any better....WRITE ON...

Willie Burns
Willie Burns
  • Jenny Thrasher

That is what make it American being able to disagree without fear. You don't want that to change do you?

Johnnie Clark
Johnnie Clark

Me and about 250 brothers went to The School Board on Monday along with our Bishop to make a statement about putting praying back in schools....Let's put a end to all the killings in colleges, elementray schools and high schools by Joining together and getting involved in your communities and going to your local school boards... This would also begin to change our communities (neighborhoods)Let's go back to it takes a village to raise a child and each man begin to take a stand in his home,...

Me and about 250 brothers went to The School Board on Monday along with our Bishop to make a statement about putting praying back in schools....Let's put a end to all the killings in colleges, elementray schools and high schools by Joining together and getting involved in your communities and going to your local school boards... This would also begin to change our communities (neighborhoods)Let's go back to it takes a village to raise a child and each man begin to take a stand in his home, join me and the brothers @ The Mount by going and making your presence known @ your local school board meetings...

Galen Muhammad
Galen Muhammad
  • Johnnie Clark

Johnnie Clark:

When you all got there, did the School Board shake their heads in an attempt to keep from laughing at you because PRAYER IS ALREADY ALLOWED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS??!!

Only school-sponsored prayer was removed....and RIGHTLY SO!!

Johnnie Clark
Johnnie Clark
  • Johnnie Clark

no we made a statement and my Bishop was asked to come there and pray.

Johnnie Clark
Johnnie Clark
  • Johnnie Clark

@ Galen Muhammad..our kids shouldn't have to pray secretly it should be apart of the schools curriculum where they r able to pray openly and to the one and only Jesus christ....

Galen Muhammad
Galen Muhammad
  • Johnnie Clark

Johnnie Clark:

That's not how the USA works nor has it ever, thank God!! This is a secular country, despite what vain historical revisionists claim. The Muslim students don't interfere with the non-Muslim students. They make arrangements for an area out-of-the-way where they can pray and return to class.

Muslims don't pray to prophets (as we see Jesus as being one). I know....you see him as God, Himself. That's one interpretation of your religion and I don't argue with that. It has no...

Johnnie Clark:

That's not how the USA works nor has it ever, thank God!! This is a secular country, despite what vain historical revisionists claim. The Muslim students don't interfere with the non-Muslim students. They make arrangements for an area out-of-the-way where they can pray and return to class.

Muslims don't pray to prophets (as we see Jesus as being one). I know....you see him as God, Himself. That's one interpretation of your religion and I don't argue with that. It has no bearing on me. You can simply bow your head and pray while salat involves standing, bending, sitting and prostrations.

Johnnie Clark
Johnnie Clark
  • Johnnie Clark

Yes the bible speaks about many Gods however he says I am the way the truth and the life no man can come to the father except by me..

Johnnie Clark
Johnnie Clark
  • Johnnie Clark

1Timothy2:5

Johnnie Clark
Johnnie Clark
  • Johnnie Clark

John14:5-6

Joan O Grady
Joan O Grady

WE NEED TO DO THIS FOR THE CHILDREN OF OUR FUTURE. WE MUST ALL START THE DAY WITH A PRAYER. WE NEED OUR GOD.

James Stull
James Stull
  • Joan O Grady

I don't need your god. He is not mine. So why must I be forced to pray to him?

James Stull
James Stull
  • Joan O Grady

Debbie Jeffries Nicholson It wouldn't be up to me, teachers would ask me to pray to their God. Either I could give in, which would be a lie and an insult to myself, or I could say no, and feel alienated by my peers. Either way, I am doing something that places myself in an uncomfortable position.

Ruby Jean Roberts
Ruby Jean Roberts
  • Joan O Grady

Jimmy Stull ...I don't need your god. He is not mine. Jimmy Stull, tonight in your quiet midnight hour just remind yourself that your have "always been", and will "alway be". You are a Spirit and a Spirit never die's, so when your "means of transportation" dies, where will your Spirit dwell.

James Stull
James Stull
  • Joan O Grady

Ruby Jean Roberts My "spirit" as you call it will die when the electrical activity ceses to fire in my brain. And I don't think I've ever been threatened with eternal damnation and torture so nicely before.

James Stull
James Stull
  • Joan O Grady

Rieta Botkin Eaton No, I've never been hurt in my past. I just woke up and realized that faith in any form is illogical, and it is best to gather evidence and think things through before making any decision on anything. That includes religion. I guess you could call science my god if you want to get technical.

Debbie Houseright
Debbie Houseright
  • Joan O Grady

It's you soul Jimmy Stull and nobody can make you pray.

Judi Troxler
Judi Troxler
  • Joan O Grady

You do not have to be forced to pray to anyone Jimmy. Just be a good person, a wonderful father and husband as it is called FREE WILL no matter how we look at it. It is my choice to choose God and it is your choice to not but we should all respect one another and not harm, kill or hurt another human being unless it is in self defense to keep ourself and our loved ones safe.

Ashley Lomelo- Marsh
Ashley Lomelo- Marsh

With out God we will perish! I stilling prayer and faith is essential to our children and there future. Yes! We are one nation under GOD with liberty and Justice for ALL!!!!

Ruth Strzelecki
Ruth Strzelecki
  • Ashley Lomelo- Marsh

Liberty is an individual's having choice and not being told what to believe or think. sometimes those who do not wish to pray are rebelling that someone wants to tell them what to think.

Deborah Lucas
Deborah Lucas
  • Ashley Lomelo- Marsh

Christians are not about pushing their views on others but sharing the Gospel with others as God has called us to do. Everyone can choose for themselves if they will follow Christ. It is through the work of the Holy Spirit that leads people to faith.

Nancy Miller
Nancy Miller

We have allowed the elected to take away so many things because a few foreigners or an atheist makes a complaint and that is not right. We are the majority and need to be heard loud and clear. We need prayer back in school.

Galen Muhammad
Galen Muhammad
  • Nancy Miller

Enrique:

You're not actually surprised, are you? I just wonder if Nancy Miller's referring to me as one of the "foreigners". That would be funny!!

....especially since she doesn't appear to be Native American (i.e. so-called American Indian).

Kathy Szuch Schwab
Kathy Szuch Schwab
  • Nancy Miller

And the so called American Indian came from Russia, Mongolia, and China.....thus there were NO true Americans and it wasn't called America before they came here from distant lands to settle in this land.

Nancy Miller
Nancy Miller
  • Nancy Miller

What I am saying is every one wants to have their prayer or whatever their religion is but that they are constantly complaining about us showing our religion at all and want to take our rights away from us. Seems as if the complainers want to have more and more control. My great grandmother was 100% Cherokee for your info.

Linda Templet
Linda Templet

I believe that our First Amendment means Congress shall make no law respecting; concerning, regarding, or about an (not a) establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; meaning religious freedom of speech, and the conscience press, freedom to peaceably assemble and we also have the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. That is why I signed this petition. We need to stand up against the people who are trying to separate God from our Christian Nation.

Galen Muhammad
Galen Muhammad
  • Linda Templet

Linda Templet:

"Christian nation"? Are you a citizen of the Vatican?

You CAN'T be speaking of the USA which is CLEARLY NOT a "Christian nation". Just because (barely) most of this country's citizens choose to follow/practice Christianity, that doesn't make the country, itself, Christian. If fact, there's ABSOLUTELY no basis for your statement at all. You oxymoronically mention the First Amendment then in the next sentence you made a faux pas statement.

Margo Victoria
Margo Victoria
  • Linda Templet

The Vatican SURELY IS NOT a Christian nation. The USA is certainly not an islamic nation. Contrary to what some may think. Any and everywhere muslims are... theres always nothing but, trouble and uproar. The is no difference between so-called "nice muslims" vs 'radical muslims.' They all are in accord with one purpose, to take over. Whether it be the USA, UK.. wherever. The USA may not had been 'built upon Christianity' but, it is indeed a Christian nation.

Rebecca Hillstead
Rebecca Hillstead
  • Linda Templet

Good to know that my religion is not nearly as important as yours, Linda, and Margo. I am a Pagan army wife and I will not have my tax money go to indoctrinating my children in a public school when they should be learning science, reading, and math. Children can pray whenever they like provided it doesn't interfere with the learning process, teacher/ other school official lead prayer is not allowed. Children are pressured to obey their teacher so a non-Christian child will feel pressured to...

Good to know that my religion is not nearly as important as yours, Linda, and Margo. I am a Pagan army wife and I will not have my tax money go to indoctrinating my children in a public school when they should be learning science, reading, and math. Children can pray whenever they like provided it doesn't interfere with the learning process, teacher/ other school official lead prayer is not allowed. Children are pressured to obey their teacher so a non-Christian child will feel pressured to pray to the Christian God should the teacher lead such a prayer. Unless you are okay with lead prayers to the Goddess, Allah, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Don't be calling for prayer to be re-instated in schools. It is the job of Parents to teach their children religion, school officials aren't paid for, nor do they have the time to indoctrinate.

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