What's up with a return of the "prayer in schools" debate? I thought this was over, that we had certainly determined that prayer was not allowed in public education. So...this week the Illinois legistature overrode the governor's veto of a measure that mandates a moment of silence in public schools. My own son is in the public schools, and while the measure will not take effect until it is signed into law, I'm not sure how I'm going to feel about it.
On the one hand, I can't imagine what a "moment of silence" will look like in a kindergarten classroom. They're never quiet!
But on the other, it does seem just one small step away from school prayer.
What do you think?
In related news, a teenager in Texas has been banned from his school because of violation of the dress code. His religion, Rastafarianism, tells him to keep his hair long and dreadlocked, which violates the school's rules. So he's been segregated from the other students until he complies.
The school says his religion "doesn't count." Are they allowed to do that? What if they decided that Judaism "didn't count"?
Definitely check out this book: The Baptizing of America by Rabbi James Rudin. An interesting read that will probably scare you crazy. He spoke a few years ago at Am Shalom, and let me tell you, it makes you wonder....
So...I ask again...what do you think? Prayer in schools? Haircuts for all? Can't wait to read your comments...