To the Editor:

The banning of prayer at the commencement ceremonies at Wallenpaupack High School is just another affront to the Constitution of the United States. The First Amendment, in part, states:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…"

Prayer at a high school commencement is not "establishing religion;" it’s more "the free exercise thereof." The whole church and state issue has been wrongly interpreted due to the actions of groups like the ACLU and FFRF. As this nation continues to ban anything remotely Christian, this nation continues to slide into an abyss of humanism, atheism, and a place where, I fear, there is no turning back.

The Bible says, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

When we invite God out of our schools, our public forums, and our society, God will withdraw His protection that has been the hallmark of this nation since its founding.

I would expect a high school in Los Angeles, Chicago, or even Philadelphia to ban prayer at graduation, but certainly not Hawley, Pennsylvania. Do most of our residents really want to do this? Or are the complaints of the few going to determine the traditions of the entire community?

To the administration at WAHS I’ll use a phrase from a previous generation…shame on you.

Mary Ruth Murray

Tafton, PA