May 1 was a sad day in Downey. Sad because our public schoolchildren were not allowed to be informed at school that the President had proclaimed it to be a National Day of Prayer for America.
I know this only because I sent a note that day to my children's grammar school principal suggesting that she might announce this to the children and encourage them to pray for our President and our country as he had asked. She phoned me later to say the district would not allow this because it would violate the separation of church and state.
It is alarming that a few people have decided that the mention of the word "prayer" is a violation of the "separation of church and state" clause. This has gone too far. It is past the time when all God-fearing people of our city and our nation should stand up for their rights. Our children deserve to hear some good news about our country and our leaders; they have that right.
What's happened to our "government of the people, by the people, and for the people" anyway? How did we slip into this position where a handful of objectors are controlling the majority who very much believe in God?