Concern on any prayers

05/07/2014 9:05 AM

05/08/2014 6:42 PM

Re "Concern on sectarian prayers" (Letters, May 7): Whatever happened to silent prayer? Why is public prayer necessary at governmental activities and at public schools? That way everybody can pray to their respective gods or saviors and not force their beliefs on others, including non-believers.

Yes, freedom of speech in the U.S. is protected by the First Amendment, but it is not absolute. The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized several categories of speech that are excluded from the freedom, and it has recognized that governments may enact reasonable time, place or manner restrictions on speech.

-- Roger Perkins, Auburn

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