Misconception: Prayer is Illegal in Schools.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 4, 2013
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(Not) Breaking News: contrary to rumor (image/quote in blog has been shared 20K times) or Fox News…individual or even group prayer is, and always has been legal in schools. Just not mandated by The Man.

95,000 folks have shared this image and the text below, decrying the godlessness of our country and the malevolence of liberals.

My response is at bottom, and it…yes…includes things some know as “facts.” ~ ed.

prayer schools

After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said:

‘Let me see if I’ve got this right.

‘You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.

‘You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride.

‘You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job.

‘You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the final exams.

‘You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.

‘You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.

‘You want me to do all this, and then you tell me……


This was nominated for email of the year – DE


My response:

This is a misconception. Individual prayer is legal and always has been, friends! It’s mandated group prayer that isn’t allowed.

“Only government-sponsored prayer is illegal – As far as school prayer goes, there is no law – anywhere – that says a student [or teacher] can’t pray at their desk, in a hallway, in the gym, or in any part of a school building.”


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


One Response to “Misconception: Prayer is Illegal in Schools.”

  1. Padma Kadag says:

    Thanks Waylon….Haleluiah!