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Voters in Missouri overwhelmingly approved a "right to pray" amendment to the state's constitution on Tuesday, despite concerns about the measure's necessity and legality.
Amendment 2, which supporters said would protect the freedom of religious expression in public schools and other public spaces, received nearly 80 percent of the vote.
The language on Tuesday's ballot stressed the rights of citizens to express their religious beliefs and the rights of children to pray and acknowledge God in schools. It also stated that students could be exempted from classroom activities that violate their religious beliefs....
This seems to be often quoted text when the subject of public prayer is brought up. So, nothing against salter, but we find numerous examples of public prayer in the Scriptures. David, Solomon, Nehemiah, Ezra, our Lord, Peter, and Paul all offered public prayers. However, public prayer should be a reflection of one's private prayer life or we fall into the condemnation of Matthew 6, praying to be seen of men.
"Amendment 2, which supporters said would protect the freedom of religious expression in public schools and other public spaces, received nearly 80 percent of the vote"
"Freedom" is good. "Prayer" is good.
However "Matt 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."