Pray! But to whom?
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