My disbelief of your email exists on several levels. While I am aware of your theory that leading children in daily compulsory prayer would somehow lead them to a Christian life, simply sending a petition to the President is an ineffective means to such an end for several reasons.
To begin, such a petition shows an ignorance of the workings of the United States Government. To reintroduce compulsory daily prayer in schools, a petition to the President is not going to do the job. Witness the recent court rulings on the Pledge of Allegiance. If the practice is to change, it would do so through the courts. A case would be brought before the courts wherein a teacher led students in prayer and required them to participate. The ruling of the courts, either through an initial ruling or through appeals, would declare such prayer Constitutional.
And let's just pretend for the sake of argument that such a thing happened...
Now the argument of whose faith is to be represented must be considered. Are minority faiths to be represented? Am I as a public school teacher going to be required to lead a separate prayer for students of other faiths? Will the children of my Christian friend in Salt Lake City be required to participate in Mormon prayer? What about the children of my Jewish friends here in Oklahoma? Or Christian children in Jewish communities? Perhaps the solution here is to form the Anti Federalist ideal of small, homogeneous communities so the need for such "equal time" will no longer be a problem. Of course, this means that there will have to be quite a bit of shuffling of folks from place to place, and those without a faith or in search of one will have a hard time, but let's say that it happens.
So, children will pray every morning in school, then they will live Christian lives.
Which brings me to my third and final point, compulsory prayer does not make one faithful. I have recently reunited with a former classmate from my Christian school days. He teaches at my school now. He graduated from XYZ Christian Academy, I transferred out in 10th grade. With nearly every new classmate's name that is mentioned, a new sordid tale is revealed. This one had a drug problem; another was exorcized of a demon one summer at youth camp only to get knocked up the following school year; another engaged in various untoward acts to "preserve her virginity" (a young lady ahead of her time); with just as many drunken parties per capita as my public HS. All of these kids prayed every day. They prayed at the beginning of every class, aloud before every test, and attended chapel every week. Sure, there were kids who lived the Christian life they were expected to live, but prayer in school made little or no change in the lives of those who didn't. By that same token, there were Christian kids down the street at my public High School who lived a chemical free, True Love Waits (before the line of jewelry) life. All this to say, prayer in school is not the deciding factor to Christian behavior.
And so, well meaning friend, I ask of you a few things:
- Examine your logic.
- Find ways to live and communicate your faith and don't expect the Government to do it for you.
or at least..
- Remove me from your list for future mailings.