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Schools, Guns and Prayer


To the Editor,

We have had guns and schools for the entire stretch of American history, along with school prayer. School shootings are a recent phenomenon. The elimination of public school prayer is also a recent phenomenon.

Historically in America, in the morning just after the school bell, students were unified in a prayer, collectively recognizing that a loving Power greater than themselves was present with them, and had been present with their ancestors in the establishment of our exceptionally free nation (the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance).

The study of the Bible was also part of literature classes, exposing students to this amazing work as a literary influence. The connection between the freedom we enjoy and the Judeo/Christian thought that formed our Constitution was made evident and belief in the presence of God was manifest.

We are free to believe or not to believe. There has never been a forced effort in our country to make people believe in God - not by public prayer in classrooms nor by exposing youth to the Bible - but now we see a forced effort to eliminate prayer and anything related to biblical studies, in order to reject any particular religion as nationally sanctioned. In other words, because of the existence of multiple religions and beliefs and to the rejection by some of religion of any kind, we are no longer free to allow the concept of God into the realm of possibility in our public school’s airwaves or curriculums. Atheism, by default, is now the sanctioned “religion” of our public schools. This is not freedom.

Atheism does not foster hope. It’s stark in its existentialism as seen by the increasing expressions of hate and violence in our society and the hopelessness expressed in mass shootings.

People decrying guns as the reason for this violence are suggesting a solution that sorely misses the mark. What many in our nation suffer from is an empty hole that only faith in a loving Power greater than ourselves can fulfill. We’ve had enough of empty solutions and empty souls. Love and its Divine Origin could use some more public encouragement and expression.

We are still a nation where more people believe in a loving God than don’t.

Let’s change the conversation to what will actually help, create a groundswell, and see healing in our times.

Cynthia Marble

Red Lodge

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