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Sunday, March 1, 2009


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

“All students are constitutionally guaranteed the right to pray during the school day as long as it doesn't interfere with learning.

“Muslims pray five times a day to reaffirm their faith and submit to follow divine commandments. The prayer is said during prescribed times; in the fall, when clocks roll back at the end of daylight savings time, the afternoon prayer must be said during the school day, Awwad explained.

“Federal guidelines say schools can't prevent students from praying during school, but they can't sponsor religious activities or lead students in prayer.

“For instance, those guidelines specifically mention a student's right to quietly read the Bible during lunch. But they are not clear on what action to take when the religious expression is more demonstrative, as it is in Adam's case.”

The focus was on elementary school student Adam, 10. He is now granted permission to pray in school time on school property.

That same permission is granted Christians. Therefore, Christian students should take advantage of this freedom of religious expression and not let it slip by.

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