Editor:

The “Religion” clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution was to set the people free from having to support the Church of England and allow them to make their own choices concerning church affiliation or non-affiliation without interference by the government. 

To say that students violate this by praying at a ball game or other school event is ridiculous. This perverted application of the First Amendment also infringes on the right of free speech it guaranteed. 

Here is what some of the founders and other respected men in its history had to say about religion.  

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” (George Washington). 

“We have been assured, sir, in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build, it. I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.” (Benjamin Franklin). 

Those who contend that the first amendment is violated by students praying in public schools overlook the part that says the free exercise of religion is not to be prohibited by government.  

Euell White

Florence