State lawmaker addresses school prayer

Source: MGN Online
Source: MGN Online

The prayer caravan that attracted nearly a thousand supporters in Cullman County last week has caught the attention of a state lawmaker.

State Representative Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) said he fully supports the Cullman County Superintendent and those who participated in the caravan on Saturday.

The caravan stopped at schools in Cullman County to pray for students as they prepare for the upcoming school year.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation had warned the school system that the event was unconstitutional and requested it be canceled.

Rep. Henry issued a statement to the media on Tuesday, stating the FFRF's actions were "liberal left attacks."

"If these anti-religion activists continue to press their liberal cause, I will do everything in my legislative powers, which includes sponsoring legislation, to ensure that the right to seek divine guidance and intervention is protected," Henry said.

The swirling controversy has reached other avenues of public prayer, including ones conducted at government meetings.

Prattville-based minister and tea party group leader John Jordan said the right to pray at government meetings should be protected by law.

His prayer at the a Public Service Commission in Montgomery last month touched on political issues ranging from gay marriage to abortion.

Jordan addressed the backlash on that prayer at a tea party meeting in Prattville Tuesday night.

"It's important to pray. Paul said I die daily. We're told to confess our sins before god. I think it's important to keep prayer in government. I think it's important to keep prayer in schools, important to keep prayer in the family,"

Susan Watson, the executive director of the ACLU in Alabama disagreed, saying prayer at the PCS was an example of how prayer can be divisive.

"The government ought to be neutral, so that when people come to address the government. they're on a level playing field," Watson said.

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