Kentucky school forced to scrap a ‘prayer collection’ locker

Kentucky school forced to scrap a ‘prayer collection’ locker October 15, 2019

A DAFT decision to allow a student to install a ‘prayer locker’ on school premises landed Pike County Central High in trouble with Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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The locker was the brainchild of devout Christian sophomore Emily Chaney, above, who was given permission to set up the thing in the Pikeville, Kentucky, school. The idea was that students would drop their prayers into the locker, and that these would then be taken to her church where they would be given  individual attention.

This silliness thankfully came to an end when the school was told in no uncertain terms by AUSCS that this was “a clear violation of the separation of church and state.”

This made Chaney very sad.

She told Fox News:

I hope they realize how beneficial this was to so many people. I hope they realize they’re taking a huge blessing away.

In a post on her Facebook page, she said:

I want to let everyone know that being the keeper of this prayer locker has been the biggest blessing to me. My church and I have prayed for every need that was placed in this locker. However, after tomorrow, there will be some changes to the way I collect people’s prayer needs.

After tomorrow, prayer needs will need to be given to me personally rather than in the locker. To make things easier, the first 5 minutes of break I will be in the cafeteria and can take any prayer requests cards you may have.

Thank you to everyone who has trusted me with your prayer needs, and please continue to bring those needs to me personally. I love everyone and will keep praying because that is my religious freedom!

Pike County Schools Superintendent Reed Adkins sent a letter to the schools, in which he agreed that:

Erecting a ‘Prayer Locker’ is a clear violation of the separation of church and state.

But Hiram Sasser, General Counsel for First Liberty Institute, a far-right “religious liberty” law firm, told Fox News the school is in trouble for kowtowing to the Washington DC-based AUSCS.

It appears this would be a violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and blatant viewpoint discrimination to ban students from a clear opportunity to share their faith. Indeed, it appears that this violates the Department of Education guidelines on prayer in public schools.

Sophomore Zack Mason, who intends helping Chaney said:

I mean, we weren’t forcing anybody to put a prayer in that locker. I just don’t see how anybody could see anything wrong with this. It’s just a wonderful person, doing something wonderful. And it’s just somebody taking a blessing away.

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  • adhoc

    Thank goodness the meanies didn’t take away to “Letters to Santa” locker. Just think how many presents the children would miss out on if these letters weren’t delivered to the North Pole.

  • Joe_Buddha

    Knowing kids this age, my Satan’s Blessing locker would have done much better.

  • J. F.

    Handing off your written down secrets to a high schooler so they can “pray” over them sounds like a truly terrible idea.

  • I suspect a lot of what got shoved in that slot wasn’t prayers, given that it was at a high school.

  • Jim Jones

    Which kid figured out how to use this to ID the easy girls?

  • Martin Penwald

    A prayer to the Satanic Temple would have been forwarded? I don’t believe it.

  • llDayo

    The notes received would have been a “hell” of a lot more interesting as well!

  • Ann Kah

    Kids, it’s a problem because the purpose of school is for you to learn something, not play magic juju.

  • Freethinker

    And upon opening of the locker the children were amazed by all the responses, fulfilled wishes and miracles from the very god they were praying to…

  • Raging Bee

    See? There’s a secular purpose to this after all!

  • Raging Bee

    “Dere Satin, help me get layd!”

  • Freethinker

    Thank Janitor for that.

  • Freethinker

    ….Johny couldn’t understand why immediately after leaving his note a male teacher suddenly took extra special interest in his buttocks….

    It came back to him many years later. While in therapy.

  • barriejohn

    There’s a bit of a backlog, actually, as there must be, somewhere, an enormous chest full of unanswered prayers from MY youth!

  • barriejohn

    These people are nuts. I’ve seen evangelists on TBN asking viewers to send in their “prayer requests”, and then placing them in a heap on the table or in a large chest and “praying over them”. Why the devil people can’t just ask God themselves I have no idea (though you can bet your life that ample donations accompany the letters received!). It’s similar to what goes on at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, but I don’t know of any Biblical origin to such customs. Watch this:

  • The Jack of Sandwich

    Though I do find it amusing imagining the pastor, or the little old lady, or whoever is reading these (assuming that part wasn’t a lie) and finding all the sort of inappropriate thing teenagers might think to pray for.

    Please, Lord, make my girlfriend agree to go all the way this weekend…

  • Chris Hogue

    Every school is outfitted with an equivalent to these prayer lockers: they’re called trash cans.

  • Matt G

    Those at least would have a chance of being answered.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    Either that, or they could have stuck a cross onto the incinerator or office paper shredder.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    It’s a shame that they took down the prayer locker before giving the Law of Unintended Consequences a fair chance to work.

  • DoctorDJ
  • Judy Thompson

    Then again, if there were no prayers in that locker, what better thing to do than ‘banish it’ as a violation of church and state and say no more about it. You really have to wonder about that whole process. We live in strange times.