:: Friday, January 30, 2004 ::
Yet another prayer in school debate.A student senate tries to imitate the one in Washington. The ACLU is outraged.
College students often devote considerable energies to raising hell. Marshall University's Seth Murphy has discovered a novel way of doing so.
Mr. Murphy, student vice president at the West Virginia school, instituted opening prayers at Tuesday night senate meetings. He was rewarded with a shower of brimstone and, perhaps worse, he inspired opponents to organize a consciousness-raising session. On the bright side, all parties to the dispute are sharpening skills that will come in handy should they pursue postgraduate careers in culture-war combat.
Mr. Murphy started the invocations in September. 'We discuss important things,' he said, such as whether to put $50,000 up front to lure a popular rock band to campus. 'We need all the help we can get.' In an attempt to reach out, Mr. Murphy sent a letter to the dozen or so 'officially recognized' religious organizations on campus asking for volunteer invocators.
That set the fireball rolling.
:: Mark 10:26 AM [+] ::