For The Record
President Reagan, speaking at the annual convention of the National Religious Broadcasters in Washington on Jan. 31:
I happen to believe that one way to promote, indeed, to preserve those traditional values we share is by permitting our children to begin their days the same way the Members of the United States Congress do--with prayer. The public expression of our faith in God, through prayer, is fundamental--as a part of our American heritage and a privilege which should not be excluded from our schools.
No one must be forced or pressured to take part in any religious exercise. But neither should the country on earth ever have permitted God to be expelled from the classroom. When the Supreme Court ruled that school prayer was unconstitutional almost 21 years ago, I believe it ruled wrong. And when a lower court recently stopped Lubbock, Texas, high school students from even holding voluntary prayer meetings on the campus before or after class, it ruled wrong, too.
The President, during a discussion in Boston on Jan. 26 with members of the Massachusetts High Technology Council, responding to a question about his proposals for reducing the cost of federal financial-aid programs:
I look back and feel sorry for some of the young people today, because one of the better jobs I ever had in my life was the job I had working my way through college. I washed dishes in the girls' dormitory.