Bowing in prayer, protected by First Amendment

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

See You at the Pole studentsMillions of students will gather Wednesday at their school's flag pole, continuing an annual prayer gathering. 

The annual See You at the Pole began in 1990 with ten students at a Texas high school.

Christian students have a First Amendment right to participate, says Liberty Counsel attorney Mat Staver, and they should do so realizing there are many countries where they don't have such a right.

"The fact that we have the opportunity to gather around the flagpole in freedom," he says, "to be able to pray to our Lord to ask for blessings and forgiveness and protection, is an opportunity we shouldn't miss." 

Even faith-hating atheist group Freedom from Religion Foundation concedes that See You at the Pole is protected by the First Amendment, though it claims the event is not really a student-led event since Texas Baptists own the trademark and other groups promote it.

Yet the website for See You at the Pole, likely aware of atheists' complaints, sternly directs "well-meaning" adults to stay away from a leadership role and allow students to lead the event. 

After conceding the prayer gathering is legal, FFRF goes on to suggest that students are receiving "primitive advice" when they're encouraged to pray for their fellow students, and it complains that churches sneakily view schools as "ripe recruitment territory" for the Christian faith.

Staver suggests, however, that See You at the Pole encourages young Christian believers to experience how many other believers attend their school.

"Oftentimes," he tells OneNewsNow, "this particular event is encouraging for other young people because they see how many others, who also believe in Jesus and want to gather together to pray, are actually attending their school."

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