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School Officials Encouraged to Pray

Supporters of school prayer have long argued its merits since the Supreme Court rendered its rulings against school-sponsored prayer in the early 1960s.

But a new battle is emerging on whether the people who run, operate, and manage school policy at the local level can or should start off their meetings with prayer.

Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., introduced legislation that not only condones it but encourages school districts across the country to do it. The bill, H. Res. 662, offers a non-binding language that expresses support for prayer at school board meetings.

In an interview with Beltway Buzz, the Michigan congressman and former pastor said it's important to honor the Judeo-Christian values upon which America was founded.

Watch what Rep. Walberg says about America's founding principles.

The resolution cites a 1983 Supreme Court case, Marsh v. Chambers, as the basis for its legal protection. Walberg's basic argument is that school boards are deliberative public bodies and should be "free to engage in prayer at the beginning of meetings."

Opponents believe Walberg's resolution is an example of political pandering ahead of the November election. And recent court rulings appear to be trending toward the other side of the argument.

The bill has 33 co-sponsors and has been referred to two House committees. (Sen. David Vitter, R-La., authored a Senate bill that mirrors Walberg's resolution.)

Stay tuned to Beltway Buzz and CBN News for more information about Walberg's bill.

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# RE: School Officials Encouraged to Pray

Unfortunately, Mr. Walberg pays little attention and doesn't understand the constitution. Even though he states that the bill is "non binding", that's still an endorsement of religion. Walberg is indeed pandering to his constituents, what he does is he frequently runs "town halls" at local small-town restaurants and halls, he operates them on Mondays or Fridays when he's back in the district and during the working day, so his audience if full of old, retired coots that are primarily church-going ordinary old folk. This just adds to it. Not only does Walberg want a theocracy, but a "business friendly" theocracy to boot. In the 2010 election, he was heavily-funded by the pro-business "Club for Growth" and outspent his opponent. He also received the most money this year for ANY politician from Matty Moroun and his company that runs the Detroit Ambassador Bridge.

Hopefully we can get rid of this turd of a congressman this November.
Left by AtheistDuck on Jun 09, 2012 5:29 PM

# RE: School Officials Encouraged to Pray

Constitutional limitations on government and religion do not imply limitations on government and spirituality. Spiritual truth is often confirmed scientifically, and is simply a part of truth. The dogmatic opinions of various religions are indeed best left off the table. But it is stupid to ignore any scientifically confirmed, scientifically tested spiritual reality, such as prayers for wisdom are always affirmatively answered by God.
Left by StephenF on Jun 09, 2012 5:38 PM

# RE: School Officials Encouraged to Pray

The sooner this bill is approved the sooner our children have a chance at Life. And the fewer criminals there will be. VOTE YES on H. Res. 662!
Left by Hannah on Jun 11, 2012 4:44 PM

# RE: School Officials Encouraged to Pray

Pray God we don't check out rights at the door! I trust God that this will pass!
Left by KellieC on Jun 11, 2012 4:50 PM