Your Dec. 9 article “Biloxi alters policies on religious events” deals with the response made by the Biloxi superintendent of schools to a complaint from a “concerned community member” about religious events promoted at Biloxi schools.
Public schools, of course, do not have the same measure of religious freedom that is accorded to private and religious schools. However, not everything advocated by organizations such as the Freedom From Religion Foundation stand up in court. While the U.S. Constitution prohibits laws “respecting an establishment of religion,” it also protects our freedoms of religion and speech.
John Adams, our second president, once remarked, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
When we take God out of our schools and public forums, we jeopardize the health and well-being of our republic.
There is no valid reason, I submit, why public school children should be prohibited from praying at the school flag before the start of school or from expressing their religious beliefs in school discussions and papers. Also, since our belief in a supreme being is clearly relied upon in our Declaration of Independence, I submit there is also no valid reason why a non-denominational prayer to God should be prohibited at school events.
We must not let the tail wag the dog. The vast majority of us believe in God.
Harry R. Hull Jr.