La Shawn Ford, a Democrat from Chicago stated that he would like to see more prayer in public schools. According to a story filed by CBS radio affiliate, KMOX, Ford stated to a group of clergy,
“I also urge the ministers here to fight to get prayer back in schools. That’s a mission that we need to do. We need to make sure that we get prayer back in schools in some form or fashion.”
Secular News Daily, in a report filed today, stated that the comment was 'out of the blue,' and his a 'real head scratcher.'
The report states that Ford's website touts his belief has never been stronger,
"…in the concept of social justice.”
Furthermore, Ford's website states,
"…that every member of society is deserving of equal economic, political and social rights.”
KMOX reports that Ford stated public schools should be freely allowed to establish shrines of religious symbols, so students would have a place to go 'when they feel weak.'
Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1962 and 1963 have effectively banned prayer, bible readings and other religious tenets and observances in public schools by school officials and other government representatives.
The right for individual students to pray in school is protected by the First Amendment, as long as the activities are not promoted in any way by members of the Boards of Education.
In an unusual reply, the ministers who were gathered did not deem Ford's proclamation a priority.