City Councilwoman Wants More Prayer in Philadelphia Public Schools

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –– Philadelphia City Council today tackled the always-difficult issue of prayer in public schools, with the lawmakers getting an earful on both sides of the issue.

City councilwoman Jannie Blackwell scheduled the debate on prayer in Philadelphia’s public schools based on her belief that the school district could do more.

“Prayer can promote more virtuous living and may have a positive impact on student behavior in schools,” she told the hearing today.

But acting schools chief Leroy Nunery chose his words carefully.

“We don’t really have a particular comment,” he said.  “Obviously we have to abide by federal law.”

Bertha Simmons spoke in support of prayers in public schools.

“They don’t have to have it in the classroom,” Simmons said.  “Have a little area where everybody can go in and say their little separate prayer.”

But Bill Ewing of the ACLU said that allowing prayer in schools opens a Pandora’s box:

“Are the parents going to decide, or are the teachers, the principal, or City Council, what prayers should be offered?”

The hearing ended, but the debate goes on.

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Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  1. RUSS HARDY says:

    YOU REALLY HAVE TO GET PRAYERS OUT OF SCHOOL AND BACK WHERE THEY BELONG. THEY DON’T BELONG IN SCHOOLS BECAUSE THAT IN NOTHING THAT IS OR EVER CAN BE PROVEN. IF YOU WANT TO PRAY PRAY AT HOME. YOU GOT LOTS OF TIME THERE.

  2. C.Has says:

    I am a devout Christian and totally oppose what this woman is proposing. Those of us with a faith in God (of any religion) pray whenever we want. i can pray before I eat in a cafeteria in a public school or in a courthouse or anywhere I please. A public time of prayer is not necessary, and frankly, does not accomplish much if it is not done by sincere participants.
    Perhaps state lawmaker should be focused on the lack of funding or dozens of problems that they can actually do something about. good grief.

  3. grumpy says:

    So how is that DROP issue coming along Ms. B?

  4. Chip Murphy says:

    What a nutjob

  5. Margaret Motheral says:

    Well, Bill Ewing, I have a belief that everyone is entitled to safety when they are building in East Mt Airy and not be threatened and made ill and loose their home because the city can’t enforce federal laws. You can pray I don’t die and that somehow I get the help I need instead of this ongoing retaliation and cover up of environmental justice crimes.

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