Pray! But to whom?

Waterloo Region Record - - EDITORIALS & COMMENT -

Re: ‘Pray for ev­ery­one in Florida’ — Sept. 11

Who would not want to re­spond to the heart­felt cry from Florida Gov. Rick Scott? It calls to us again in this har­row­ing de­scrip­tion of Irma’s re­lent­less ad­vance, in­deed a ter­ri­fy­ing and dev­as­tat­ing on­slaught. Pray! But to whom? The U.S. Supreme Court has banned prayer in schools. In Canada, courts found that use of the Lord’s Prayer in schools in­fringed on the Char­ter of Rights and Free­doms.

Defin­ing the above rul­ings, as has been done, to mean that teach­ing re­li­gion in schools is il­le­gal; teach­ing about re­li­gion in school is le­gal, has ex­cited ar­gu­ment rather than agree­ment.

Vet­eran ed­u­ca­tion jour­nal­ist Linda K. Wertheimer has writ­ten a book, “Faith Ed: Teach­ing About Re­li­gion in an Age of In­tol­er­ance.” She ex­plores the diver­sity of cul­tures and re­li­gions as they meet in the class­room and com­mu­nity, with many sto­ries of teacher-pupil episodes, as well as par­ents get­ting in­volved. Pray! But to whom? That’s a book I plan to read.

Cora Wright Cam­bridge

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