Praying at the pole

Thursday, September 27, 2012
A group of Spencer Middle School students joined an estimated two million students nationwide, participating in the See You at the Pole event, conducted annually the fourth Wednesday of September. The prayer gathering, at the school's flag pole, which took place prior to the school day at 7 a.m., was led by students with assistance from area youth pastors who helped coordinate the activity. Following a time of prayer for school administration, teachers and classmates, participants distributed cups of hot chocolate to students as they arrived for school. Those who shared in prayer also took a few moments to explain to curious classmates why they chose to attend the early morning, non-denominational, faith activity. (Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)

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  • Let the comments begin from the church and state libs.

    -- Posted by financeman on Thu, Sep 27, 2012, at 8:42 AM
  • Based on the article there shouldn't be any comments regarding church and state. Students can pray as they wish on or off school grounds. The First Amendment only comes into play when the school itself (or other governmental entity) does something to promote or inhibit religion.

    For example, students - among themselves - decide to get together before class at a flag pole and pray. Not a problem. The school inviting a pastor onto school grounds to lead a prayer at a flag pole. Problem.

    The only potential issue is if the school specially allowed the youth pastors onto school grounds to lead the prayer group. If the space is open to all the public prior to class starting, there is no problem.

    -- Posted by Sony on Thu, Sep 27, 2012, at 1:57 PM
  • Also, you don't have to be liberal to read and understand what the Supreme Court has said about schools and the establishment clause.

    -- Posted by Sony on Thu, Sep 27, 2012, at 2:00 PM
  • I agree with Sony. I'm a Christian AND a church and state lib. My children in school have always had the option at their choice to pray at the pole or not. Their decision to not is often based more on the people leading the pole prayer day than on their relationship to God, so there's no reason to push it.

    There is no church and state issue with Meet Me at the Pole, and it's actually very well done and thought out in meeting the needs of those who pray and those who don't to co-exist at a public school. I support it fully, whether or not any of my children ever choose to participate in that activity.

    For those who say God is prohibited at public school -- that's false. Indoctrination of any religion is not lawful at school, but students of any belief system can pray all the livelong day as long as they aren't disturbing class (or their own education) and it isn't a sanctioned activity that excludes based on religion or lack thereof.

    -- Posted by AmyPeterson on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 8:58 AM
  • I think its great these kids are doing this. However Meet me at the Pole makes me laugh. Its like they're praying for the strippers.

    -- Posted by joe2 on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 10:55 AM
  • The school did not invite the youth pastors. They were there simply to support the students.

    -- Posted by Superblogger on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 8:11 PM
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