School prayer claims its victims [Letter]

I take issue with letter writer Richard Goutos' statement that no one was injured by listening to prayers at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and other schools ("Return prayer to public schools," May 19). I was one of those students who was made to feel inferior while I had to stand and in silence at the Christmas Nativity display and the introductory prayers of another's religion.

Perhaps he forgets who is harmed when Syrian Christians, Sunnis and Shia kill each other because they do not want to listen to each others prayers. When mankind gives up its harmful superstitions and begins to treat each other as equal beings, life on earth may become less violent. A good start is to keep religion out of government and public places.

Keep your medieval religion in your home and your church and away from my children.

Dr. Kenneth Hoffman, Severna Park

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