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Letter of the Day: Reclaim the right to prayerful expression

It is disturbing to view the steady but gradual degradation of the moral fiber within our beloved United States of America. The erosion of our right to freedom of religion was glaringly expressed in the July 11 Metro article “Football prayer debate renewed.”

As a parent, I am ashamed that I have not taken more time to battle the eradication of religious expression as promised by our Founding Fathers. I thought by attending church, educating my children in the church and living a Christian life, I could present a force field against people suppressing my right to worship freely in the United States. It is becoming alarmingly clear that my inaction has allowed the actions of others to speak more loudly. After all, actions speak louder than words. Now is the time to take a stand and regain the rights our forefathers intended concerning religious freedoms. Since coaches acting in an official capacity cannot “lead” prayer, I challenge all players, volunteers, parents and able-bodied human beings to reclaim the right to prayerful expression.

With the known dangers of any sport, prayer should be an integral, protective layer. Coaches need to arrange a pizza party in an “unofficial capacity” and compose a list of player volunteers willing to communicate a motivational message prior to each game. If the message happens to contain words of prayer, so be it.

Thank heaven students are free to initiate and lead prayers during non-instructional time. Amen.

Rose Mandt


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