“Pray without ceasing.” (I Thessalonians 5:17)
Is there any doubt that New York’s public schools—and the students who attend them—need prayer?
One bill in the New York State Legislature would carve out time that could be used for prayer in public schools. The Moment of Silence Bill (S.895-Amedore), sponsored by Sen. George Amedore (R-Rotterdam), would require public school students to observe a one-minute period of silent reflection at the start of each school day.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms supports this legislation and believes that it will benefit public school students by giving them an opportunity to organize their thoughts and—should they so choose—to pray at the beginning of each school day. Despite many efforts to make public school classrooms safe learning environments, school can be stressful. In addition to the challenges of learning and being evaluated, some students also face circumstances such as bullying and peer pressure. A moment of silence would give students a chance to pray and mentally prepare for the day ahead; it is far easier to succeed in a calm environment than in a stormy one. Beginning the day with a moment of silence could also help students to perform better academically, and could reduce conflicts and disciplinary issues in the classroom.
For these reasons, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms urges Members of the New York State Legislature to vote “yes” on S.895-Amedore.