MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

October 2, 2013

Teens set example of freedom

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...

Students prayed together recently here and across the nation during See You at the Pole gatherings.

Dozens gathered at Hilldale High School on the fourth Wednesday in September. See You at the Pole is a nationwide Christian effort to have student-initiated, student-led prayer gatherings on that day.

Frank Miller, youth pastor at Church 4:18, urged students at the gathering to be “misfits for Christ.”

The message was a strong, positive one for Christian youth. But in one important sense the students at the prayer event were not misfits.

The students were exercising of one of our most cherished and essential rights, the right to practice freely one’s faith.

Hilldale freshman Jacob Gibson said the event was held to show “that we can come to our school and worship, and that we can have fellowship wherever we want.”

Jacob got it exactly right.

It has been jokingly said that as long as there are algebra tests there will be prayer in school. There is a lot of truth in that bit of humor.

Our Constitution guarantees that students can pray and otherwise practice their faith freely and openly, so long as it does not disrupt others doing school work.

Religion is an essential part of public life in our nation, protected by the First Amendment. By gathering together and exercising their faith openly, these teens are expressing exactly what it is to be an American.

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