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Superintendent did his job after prayer complaint


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Nov. 14, 2017 - 7:25 PM

I along with the majority of “Sound Off” comments do not like the actions of the Freedom from Religion group in their attack on the coach praying with his football team.

I am proud of the courage this team displayed the following week, to pray on their own and the student body that joined with them.  A letter the following day did recognize the team and NTH for the front page picture of a praying team.  The picture of players kneeling on the “Sound Off” page was especially meaningful as it should be the example of “taking a knee.”

In support of the coaches and team, wouldn’t it be great if fans who wish to participate recited The Lord’s Prayer at all sporting events.

I do not appreciate the attack on Superintendent Barker as “hiding behind a lawyer.” In fact I saw sadness in his expression as he addressed the TV media with a microphone stuck in his face to comment on the charges made by the FFR group, knowing the cost to the school system if he could reveal his heart.

He is following a law established in the 1960s, probably before he was born, courtesy of Madelyn Murray O’Hare and ACLU to remove prayer from schools.  This is when a nation should have risen to protest this Supreme Court decision, rather than rolling over and playing dead (as in possum).

It can still be overruled, and the letter writer should sign on to lead this protest to change the law.  

The elected Board of Education hired a superintendent to lead the school system to higher graduation rates, excellent test scores, job training opportunities and teacher support in the classroom, not to do battle with the Supreme Law of the land, but to follow that law.

Reading the headlines and watching TV news, we see more and more felonious crimes committed by teens whose lives may have been different with prayer in their attempt at public education.  Isn’t it sad that a child cannot read the Bible in school, but he can in prison.

My favorite quote/poem by R. Lee Sharpe: “Isn’t strange that princes and kings and clowns that caper in sawdust rings are builders of eternity.  To each is given a list rules, a shapeless, a bag of tools, and each must make ‘ere life if flown, a stumbling block or a stepping stone.”

Pat Craven

Newnan