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.