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Right to Pray in Schools - SBC - New Orleans, Louisiana - June 17, 1982
Thursday, June 17, 1982

What we need in this nation is not less praying, but more praying.  Before the Supreme Court decisions of 1962 and 1963 we never felt prayer in schools was a violation of separation of church and state.  Why now?  The atheists are against prayer in schools, the secularists are against prayer in schools, the humanists are against prayer in schools.  And that is not the company we are to be keeping.  Some people have said, “If we have prayer in schools then the cultists and the pagans will bring their prayers into the classroom.”  But Elijah stood before the people and said, “How long halt ye between two opinions?  If the Lord be God, follow Him, if he be Baal, then follow him.”  Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Cry unto your gods and pray for fire to fall from heaven.”  But no fire fell.  Then Elijah prayed to our Almighty God in heaven and the fire fell.  We need not worry so much that the pagans pray, we need to be sure that Christians pray.

Until now we have felt safe because chaplains continue to pray in the Congress, but in March of this year (1982) the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that atheists have just cause to challenge the practice of the Senate and House of Representatives retaining chaplains to open their sessions with a prayer.  If we allow this trend to continue we are in trouble.

Our children are standing in the need of prayer.  We have come together as prophets of God, we must not lead out nation to become paupers in prayer.

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