Letter to the editor
Dec. 18, 2012
To the editor:
The wise among us would agree that the United States of America was built on the foundation of biblical principles and ideals, that before it was signed, sealed and delivered it was prayed over fervently, even desperately for God’s divine direction, clear and unquestionable. And the writers of our Constitution undoubtedly believed that their prayers had been answered.
The tremendous costs to maintain the liberties that that document has defined, demanded and declared have diligently been taught to the descendants of those writers in the safety of their classrooms for generations. We pray that our children will understand with their hearts and minds and their very souls that lives have been taken, and often given, so that we can live without fear among people that continue to pursue happiness and experience the multitude of blessings that we are privileged to share here in our home of the free and the brave.
In fact, the First Amendment of our Bill of Rights states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
And yet, on Dec. 14, when 20 frightened first-graders were gunned down in their classroom, their lives taken from them, not given like a patriot might do, current policies denied me the privilege of gathering with friends and colleagues in my own classroom, at the end of the workday, to offer up prayers on behalf of the community that lost 20 of its most precious souls. Heartbreaking irony indeed.