December 7, 2001
Readers' objections to school prayer (letters, Dec. 5) were so strong as to be astonishing. What harm can it do to ask God for guidance? Does the atheist want to knock off "God Bless America"? "In God We Trust"? Opening sessions of Congress with prayer? What religion rejects God? Atheism does. Some atheists attribute the universe to a big bang. OK, but there had to be something to explode. Where did that come from? Carleton H. Ralston Los Angeles
November 26, 2006 |
Churchgoers prayed for rain today in hopes of breaking the worst drought to hit Australian farmers in more than a century, devastating crops and bankrupting many. "We're praying for rain, that God might bless us with rains," Archbishop Philip Wilson, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, who called for the national day of prayer.
February 6, 2008 |
Pope Benedict XVI has ordered changes to a Latin prayer for Jews at Good Friday services by traditionalist Catholics, deleting a reference to their "blindness" over Christ, the Vatican said. The Vatican newspaper l'Osservatore Romano published the new version, in Latin, of the prayer, which now expresses hope that Jews will recognize Christ. "The language is better but it's still troubling," said Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League in the United States.
May 17, 2009
Re "No Obama prayer day service," May 8 Allow me to relay some advice to all the fundamentalists who feigned disappointment when the White House did not host an event on the "National Day of Prayer." It comes from a source they are, evidently, not well acquainted with: "And whenever you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who love to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they will be seen by people. I tell you with certainty, they have their full reward," as stated by Jesus in the sixth chapter of Matthew.
June 8, 1990 |
A federal court Thursday, acting on the request of two graduating seniors, stopped a high school from holding a prayer service during commencement. Drew Brody and Jennifer Hohnstine, who are to graduate from Downingtown Area High School today, asked for the order Thursday, saying that the benediction, to be delivered by a minister, makes non-Christians feel like "second-class citizens." U.S.
August 17, 2003 |
The Citadel has dropped mealtime prayers after a federal appeals court decision this week involving the Virginia Military Institute. The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider a ruling that declared VMI's nondenominational group prayer unconstitutional. Virginia Atty. Gen. Jerry Kilgore said he would appeal. Until this week, a prayer was said aloud at the start of all three meals at the Citadel in Charleston. Now, a moment of silence will be observed at meals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1995
Re "School Prayer Just a Start for Some Christian Activists," Dec. 25: There is subtle difference between allowing for religious freedom in public schools and using a school to promote religious ideals. I am an atheist. Like 95% of the other non-religious or non-affiliated people out there, I find nothing wrong or intimidating about students wearing "Jesus Saves" T-shirts or bringing Bibles to school for personal perusal. I do, however, feel it's inappropriate to reserve school time for prayer.
June 2, 1985
I take exception to Watkins' implication that those who object to institutionalized prayer in government have no concern for moral values or religion. The Founding Fathers prevented our government from imposing its notion of God's will on its citizens. Other peoples have allowed their governments to define God's will. The Egyptian government now obliges its citizens to accept a return to male polygamy and the status of women as chattel because the Koran says it is God's will. Thousands of Iranian boys and girls are slaughtered for a government certain that their deaths are in His cause.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2007 |
Sixty-three years ago this week, as Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt led the nation in an extraordinary moment of mass prayer. "Almighty God," Roosevelt said as millions of Americans gathered around their radios June 6, 1944, "Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity."
May 19, 1991
In response to "Justices Prohibit Prayer at Public School Rites," front page, May 7: Let's be consistent. If we strike prayer from graduation exercises because it violates the principle of separation of church and state, then let's get rid of the God-talk in other public places (we would never want to be judged for referring to the creator in public). How about "In Us We Trust" on our coins? and "We Bless America" and " . . . one nation under our political leaders with liberty and justice for all"?