March 21, 1986
Some family members of the 248 U.S. servicemen who died last December in a charter plane crash conducted a simple prayer ceremony, ending with the Lord's Prayer, to honor their loved ones at Washington's Arlington National Cemetery on a windy, overcast day at the spot where 23 victims are buried. The accident occurred Dec. 12 in Newfoundland when a civilian Arrow Air DC-8 jetliner crashed shortly after takeoff at Gander airport.
April 19, 2005 |
A woman was convicted of murdering her neighbor with a hatchet, striking the 83-year-old Pearl Harbor veteran nearly 70 times as he begged for his life. Prosecutors in Lock Haven said that Shonda D. Walter, 25, carried out the attack on James Sementelli because she wanted to join a gang, and one of the initiation requirements was to commit a crime. She also stole $500 and a car from the victim.
October 18, 1988 |
Jesus probably did not create the Lord's Prayer or teach it to his disciples, although certain phrases in Christendom's central prayer may have been used by him, according to an ongoing national seminar of biblical scholars. A majority of the two dozen scholars believed that the Lord's Prayer was composed by the early church a number of years after Jesus was crucified.
March 15, 1987
The editorial (March 8), "Humanism as Religion," expresses puzzlement as to the nature of secular humanism. It states "Whatever secular humanism may be--and no one is exactly sure what it is--it is not a recognized religion in any sense of the word." There have been many comments about the nature of secular humanism and one pithy observation comes to mind that seems to sum up its essence--"Human living and human thinking without reference to God." When religion is ignored, says Dr. Luther A. Weigle, a former dean of the Yale Divinity School, it is natural for children to conclude that religion is negligible or unimportant or irrelevant to the main business of life.
January 23, 2009
Re "Invocation draws mixed reviews," Jan. 21 The Times says Rick Warren's inaugural invocation got "mixed reviews" -- he mollified gay-rights supporters and yet dared to invoke the name of Jesus and utilize the Lord's Prayer. This is a mixed-up critique. To whom is prayer offered? Where in the Bible (or any sacred Scripture) does prayer to a deity require pleasing supporters of gay rights? Where do Scriptures affirm that prayers to God should appease atheists? The Bible does offer a litmus test for prayers to be acceptable to the Father.
December 5, 2001
Re "Terrorism Spurs Push for Prayer in Schools," Dec. 2: I do not feel it is appropriate to have group recitation of religious prayer in schools. Any child of any religion is free to pray during any quiet moment at school. Growing up Catholic in the 1930s and '40s with mostly Jewish and Protestant friends, I experienced great feelings of unease during the teacher-led Protestant version of the Lord's Prayer. There were two problems. First, I felt I was being coerced to recite the Protestant, much-longer prayer, which was not the prayer I learned in my church.