Christian Minister Explains the Problems With School Prayer

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister and “founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life.” But he has a column in an Alabama newspaper explaining to his fellow Christians why prayer in schools is a very bad idea.

It would not be fair or just. Most of those advocating prayer in schools are advocating Christian prayer. If Christian prayer were to be allowed, then prayers of other religions (Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, etc.) would have to be allowed as well. They are citizens and pay taxes that build, operate, and maintain schools; therefore, they have equal rights…

The places for prayer and religious instruction are the home, the church, the synagogue, the mosque, etc. It is the parent’s responsibility to education their children in religious matters, not the schools.

The advocates of prayer in schools may have less than Christian reasons for their advocacy; reasons like getting elected or re-elected to public office by sincere, but uninformed voters.

That last part makes an important point, I think. The clamoring for prayer in schools really has little to do with piety and everything to do with pandering for political gain.

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  • John Pieret

    What good is religion if sleazy politicians can’t use it to get elected?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    The places for prayer and religious instruction are the home, the church, the synagogue, the mosque, etc.

    Sure, for my kids, but Public Schools are one of the few places I can help give other peoples’ children my religious instruction, and it’s a simple way to tell them they aren’t One of Us, and don’t belong.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have an appointment to put up at Ten Commandments monument at the courthouse, for the similar reasons.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Hey, it’s America, land of the pathetically religious. Politicians will be calling for school prayers for the rest of this century; you mark my words.

  • mkoormtbaalt

    Isn’t it obvious what’s going on here? Dr. Robert Wilkerson, if that is even his real name, is clearly a closet atheist. He is probably worshiping Satan right now as he congratulates himself on disseminating these lies!

  • erichoug

    Fuck Ron Reagan, this is the guy you need on you FFRF ads.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    They are citizens and pay taxes that build, operate, and maintain schools; therefore, they have equal rights…

    Well there’s your mistake. According to noted constitutional expert Bryan Fischer, they don’t have equal rights. The First Amendment only protects Christians. It says so right in the text. You can see it if you squint and wish really hard.

  • dingojack

    ‘Doctor’ Robert Wilkerson isn’t this guy by any chance?

    Dingo

  • Michael Heath

    Dr. Robert Wilkerson states:

    [Non-Christians] are citizens and pay taxes that build, operate, and maintain schools; therefore, they have equal rights…

    [Heath emphasized]

    A nit pick but important. The framers were purposefully precise when they used the words people and citizens, including in the U.S. Constitution. That’s because they asserted our rights were inalienable; it wasn’t citizenship that conveyed the protection of our rights. Instead the government within its jurisdiction had to operate under a just governance mandate.

    From this perspective all individuals have religious freedom rights or for that matter, due process rights; and not merely citizens.

  • Michael Heath

    Ed reports:

    Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister and “founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life.”

    Which set of principles? Reagan Christ or Marx Christ? If it’s a right wing organization, I’m guessing they assert the latter while practicing the former. I’m seeing this quite a bit in my area where Christians have been very successful at getting rid of government subsidized housing for the homeless.

  • D. C. Sessions

    I’m seeing this quite a bit in my area where Christians have been very successful at getting rid of government subsidized housing for the homeless.

    There’s no justification for spending tax money on housing the homeless. That’s what churches are for. Quit taxing the Job Creators and there won’t be any homeless, or certainly none that the churches can’t take care of.

  • Electric Shaman

    @ erichoug #5

    I couldn’t agree with you more