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Marilyn Rhames, Founder of Teachers Who Pray
"I taught in Chicago public schools for 14 years... We were losing students every year to gun violence."Marilyn Rhames, founder of Teachers Who Pray, explains why she began inviting public school teachers to pray together.Posted by The White House on Thursday, January 16, 2020
for protecting & empowering the right to student-led prayer in schools. #ReligiousFreedom https://t.co/KNKrpV76vD
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) January 16, 2020
President Trump announced today that his administration is taking new steps to reinforce the right to pray in public school.
Surrounded by people of various faiths, including Christians, Muslims, and Jews, Trump affirmed an aggressive renewal of guidance given to public schools that is meant to loosen the tight grip around the right to pray for students and school staff.
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“This afternoon we are proudly announcing historic steps to protect the First Amendment right to pray in public schools.”
Since the campaign trail, Trump has maintained a large and intimately engaged circle of spiritual advisors who pray with him, inform him of anti-religious influences in America, and have been tasked with creating policy ensuring that the free exercise of religion is not compromised.
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“We will not allow faithful Americans to be bullied by the hard Left,” Trump said.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos published the new guidance on the DOE website. The formal guidance is to be disseminated to all public school executives.
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Franklin Graham tweeted his appreciation for Trump’s new initiative:
Critics have suggested that this new guidance is unnecessary and is perhaps a means by which Trump is appeasing the religious right in order to secure their vote this coming November. Regardless of any political intent, the new guidance is necessary.
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Case and point: Coach Joe Kennedy.
Kennedy was the football coach at Bremerton Knights High School in Bremerton, Washington before he was fired for refusing a directive to stop praying. He would pray in a way that was public, but not in a way...
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