They Said Prayer At A Public School Function...

United States
April 9, 2009 9:58pm CST
I went to a function at the local public school last night. I had a really wonderful time. It was for High School girls and the women who influence them. The teenager who helps me with my kids a whole lot invited me and I was excited to get to go and spend the evening with her, her mother, and many other women. One thing happened though, before we ate dinner, they said a prayer. I haven't been to a public school function where prayer was said in such a long time. Now, I am all for prayer and honestly, I believe we need more of it. I was schooled in a Christian school, so prayer happened many times during the day. I guess I was inspired because these women were embracing prayer and they didn't care that they were doing it in a public school. Have you ever been to a public school function where they prayed?
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@eagle_f15 (2051)
• Malaysia
10 Apr 09
Hey I think that was good...saying a prayer in public. I have not been to a public school function where prayer was said. But I have been out having meals with my friends and we said prayer in the public before meals. It is a good thing, nothing to be ashamed about. A good example for other people and other kids.
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• United States
10 Apr 09
Yes, it is a very good example, I agree.
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@laydee (12809)
• Philippines
13 Apr 09
True, we do that all the time here (well mostly) since we're mostly a Christian country. However, they did have motions of having no more prayers in public schools. It's really sad. I don't think eliminating these prayers are doing any good to children. This is a time when we need faith because most kids and people now are way above their heads thinking that there's no one greater than them. Depression comes along for lack of hope and for feeling alone. Prayer does help a lot of people. They can say they don't believe in them but they sure know how to pray when they're in trouble. So why not pray now while we're still not hanging by a thread?
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@aseretdd (13732)
• Philippines
10 Apr 09
Here in my country... prayer is actually encouraged in all schools... whether it be a public or a private school... in fact prayer would always be the start of most gatherings... functions and even birthday parties won't be complete without saying a short prayer...
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@zweeb82 (5711)
• Malaysia
10 Apr 09
It is indeed very encouraging to hear that my neighbour!~
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
10 Apr 09
yes, but it has been a long time. it should have never been taken out of the schools in my opinion. glad u went & had a good time.
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@deedeehall (1144)
• United States
10 Apr 09
singlemommy - no i have not. my boys go to a christian school also and this is one of the many reasons why they go.i dont know what is going on with the public schools any more and yes i agree the prayers are needed far more then they even know.that is great that those women did not care that it was a public school event. i just hope that people do not give them a hard time for it. you know how that can be.i do believe that some people can not afford christian schools but they still belive in prayer and would love to see it back. i just cant believe more people have not been willing to fight a little harder for it.
• United States
19 Apr 09
i guess i do not have a clue what you just said.sorry about that. god bless
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@tigerdragon (4297)
• Philippines
20 Apr 09
i reside in the philippines and most of the schools here, private or public, say prayers before every class starts and it is part of our culture since we are the only christian nation here in asia. it keeps us closer to God and helps mold the values unto our children.
@mtdewgurl74 (18159)
• United States
14 Apr 09
I think it is great that they had prayer before they ate. It seems a taboo thing in school now days. I am all for prayer in school if that is the child's choice of religion I think it is a way guidance also. I haven't been to a school function in a long time and it didn't have prayer so It is safe to say I haven't seen prayer in school since I was going to school and in about the 5th grade.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Apr 09
no I never did, unless you call a christian group in university a function, in my day though prayers were not abolished and each day started in elementary school with a bible story.
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• United States
11 Apr 09
When I was in school, prayer was not the issue it is today, so I heard many prayers over my school years. I think it's a shame the schools are so afraid of being sued that they acquiesce to the ones with the loudest voice who are against prayer instead of granting freedom of speech.
@walijo2008 (4646)
• United States
11 Apr 09
I believe we need prayer too, I believe it helps all of us. I've been to football games where they've prayed before the game, and I think they still do it now, I don't see anything wrong with it.
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@jillhill (37377)
• United States
10 Apr 09
Not for a long time..but then I haven't been in a school for a very long time either....no grandkids around here so that cuts out the school functions....but it was nice they did this...
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
10 Apr 09
No, I do not believe that I have. Six of my nieces and nephews went to a private Christian school for a few years and it was very nice to hear them praying over the children. The only problem is that they did not learn much academically, but it was still a good experience for them.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
10 Apr 09
I have never been to a public school where they said prayer, not since I was in my teens. Then all the schools had it. I have been to a Christian school at the assemblies and concerts and special occasions and they say prayer all the time. It seems rather sad that those children in the public school are unable to hear God's word.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
10 Apr 09
They always say a prayer at the beginning of the high school graduation ceremonies where I went to school. I don't know about any other time though.
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
10 Apr 09
My sons went to school in Arizona so there was NO prayer of any kind, no mention of God and nothing even vaguely religious was allowed anywhere near the school. Even now, no Christian things are allowed in public even though Muslim calls to worship can be heard in the suburbs and Satanism is allowed in the schools. They had to remove an angel from Bright Canyon (in the Grand Canyon) but left the Baha'i and Muslim monuments. I remember when I was a child we had a lady that came in once a week with a box of bibles and taught us for an hour about God. Most of us cried when we were told she was no longer allowed to come. I live in Ohio now and the ten commandments are in a marble monument in front of the court building. The local newspaper building has a nativity at Christmas in plain view. The church bells tell the time and a few times a day they chime hymns. What a wonderful place to live! It seems that the farther east or west one goes, the crazier people get about eradicating Christianity.
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
10 Apr 09
I believe prayer is important, and should not have been taken out of the public schools. I grew up with prayer in schools, and it was a good thing. Since this is holy week, I think it was appropriate to say a prayer before the dinner was served. These are hard times, and regardless of what religion it is, praying should be encouraged. I haven't been to a public school function in a while, so I do not know whether a prayer would have been said or not.
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@tammytwo (4300)
• United States
10 Apr 09
I can't remember because I attend so many events. But I salute those women. It is our right to pray where ever and when ever we feel the need. My husband and I stood in the parking lot of a local convenience store with another man from our town and said a prayer one time. It is time we quit being ashamed of our Faith and of God and stand up for what we believe in. I can tell you if God were in more households we wouldn't be in the shape we are in.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
10 Apr 09
That sounds like a really nice function you got to go to. In todays world a little prayer is going a long way. I hope they keep it up. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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@smartjack (521)
• India
10 Apr 09
prayer is very important in our lives since it helps us do our work successfully without any problems to occur.
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
10 Apr 09
Not recently but yes often when my kids were in school for games, graduations and things of that sort
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@zweeb82 (5711)
• Malaysia
10 Apr 09
It's such a sad thing when they removed prayer from the public schools in your country. We never had prayer in the public schools due to the Muslim dominant leadership here in our country. But then if we wanted to pray before having a meal of our own, we're not stopped from doing that!~ In fact we have Christian fellowships in the Chinese schools as well as in some colleges or universities. So at least that's not that bad.
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