Practicing Their Faith

Recently, a federal appeals court agreed that a Texas school board can have students offer prayers at their board meetings. (, Associated Press) The American Humanist Association and another party had filed a lawsuit against the school district because of this practice, but their case was dismissed by a lower court ruling. (, Associated Press) Then, this ruling by the federal appeals court basically upheld the lower court’s ruling. (, Associated Press) The appeals court declared that prayers at meetings for legislative bodies are not the same as praying in public schools. (, Associated Press) Therefore, it does not violate the first amendment’s prohibition of a state or government religion. (, Associated Press) Some may still argue that this practice is cutting it close though. However, in the end this is just a group of people who want to express and practice their faith in their own way. Asking God to bless everyone there and to insure their meetings are productive isn’t a bad thing, and for some, prayers aren’t just something meant for church only. For them, it’s about practicing their faith more individually in day-to-day life. Practicing one’s faith in these little ways is becoming more and more common as people tailor religion to suit their lives more.