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During the school prayer breakfast debate, a senator was asked to address the annual men’s dinner at a local church. About 450 were present. During the meal, school prayer became a very emotional issue. The senator began by asking two questions. “First, how many of you would like to see prayer restored to the public schools?” As far as he could tell, every hand was raised, with many “Amens!” The second question: “How many of you pray with your children every morning at home?” The silence was embarrassing. Finally, a few raised their hands, it seemed, reluctantly. What is it with the church that we demand of the public school system and Congress that which we are not doing in our own churches and homes? From Theology News and Notes, October 1988, Fuller Theological Seminary, quoting Richard C. Halverson, Executive Guide to Ethical Decision-Making, published by Executive Leadership Foundation, Inc.

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