The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Not a prayer

Behind the symbol lie deep frustrations with schools and society

Seventy-one percent of Americans favor having official prayer in public schools. That's the result of a recent Gallup Poll. Who are they? And what motivates them? People in the pro-school prayer camp often are pictured as uneducated in American history and the basic thrust of the First Amendment. They're feared as zealots who would impose their own religious views on our heterogenous population--or dismissed as those who pine for a small-town America where everyone looks pretty much alike and shares common values.

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