US President Donald Trump announced new guidelines to protect and guarantee freedom to pray in public schools, on January 16th (local time). President Trump said, “There is no more important right than the right to pray,” and clarified, “We will stop funding those public schools that prevent students from praying”. This announcement was held in White House Oval Office, with Christian, Jewish, and Muslim students and teachers all together. This day was Religious Freedom Day. American religious circles expect that conflicts regarding faith will cease.
In cases of religious discrimination, the concering authorities have been told to publicly respond on the issue. Students are allowed to pray or read Bibles during break time in schools and to pray voluntarily at assemblies or sports games as well.
President Trump said “In public schools around the country, authorities are stopping students and teachers from praying, sharing their faith or following their religious beliefs. It is totally unacceptable,” and added, “We are doing something to stop those who are prohibiting prayers.”
He also described the ban on prayer in a public school as a “cultural war” and said “(They) tried to drag down the Word of God and get rid of Christmas. It was impossible to imagine ten or fifteen years ago.” He added, “Now we circled once back. We have to put both of them back.” “While I am president, we will not let anyone push God from the public square.”
The American Evangelical Church expressed welcome towards this decision with one accord. Pastor Jeffreys, First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas said “That’s right, there’s been an attack (on prayer) by Democrats and civic groups”, and added, “President Trump enhanced Religious Freedom in America and all over the world.” Pastor Greg Laurie, Harvest Church in California, also said, “Religious freedom has been strengthened through this action. We need more prayers.”
The prohibition of prayers in American public schools started in 1962 when the Supreme Court ruled out reading prayers in public school classrooms. Since then, it has been expanded to ban prayers at school graduations and sports events. The United States Constitution prohibits the establishment of a state religion and guarantees freedom of religion, freedom of press and assembly, and the right to petition the government.
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Then he said: ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. (Acts 22:14-15)
Hallelujah! We praise you, Lord, who is worthy to receive all prayers and glory!
The long time of silence in which we could not pray in public schools is finally broken. At this time of grace, let more Christian students and teachers lift up more prayers, and let many more powerful churches of faith be founded!
Especially, we hope that Student Volunteer Movement will rise once again among the students and all other young people in this nation where it started. Lord, would You renew them as missionaries who are chosen by God! Would they know Your will and witness what they saw and heard!
Rise up, American church, who will prepare Lord’s second coming at the frontiers serving the nations!