Letter: Praying mom was within her rights
Re “School to stop praying mom” (Monitor front page, July 25):
Lizarda Urena is fully within her legal rights to pray on Concord High School property. She has two children who attend the school, which, as a resident of Concord, she pays taxes to support. Her concern for school safety is admirable, especially when she chooses to exercise her First Amendment right to express her religious beliefs and use “the right of people to peaceably assemble” in the form of public prayer.
Her message is not one of violence or hatred, and from the details in the Monitor article, students even appreciated her prayers and quotations of Scripture. The Freedom From Religion Foundation does not get to dictate school policy, and its best reason for silencing Urena was that schools should “protect children from, not expose them to, religious influences,” despite the fact that religious themes and history are included in public school curriculum.
There is no law that dictates that Christian beliefs be confined to a building, therefore I would ask local churches to pray for and advocate for Urena. Superintendent Chris Rath, please do the right thing and stand up to the FFRF’s recommendation.