Feb 6, 2013 2:28 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Lafayette group sending prayer in schools petition to Pres. Obama

The Clergy Community Coalition for Youth and Family in Lafayette will send a petition to President Obama asking him to support prayer in public schools. "Every day eight young people die from gun violence in America. That equals 56 youth a week, 340 youth a month and over 3,000 youth every year. That's a rate of 1 classroom every 3 days," New Beginnings Christian Church Pastor Carlos E. Harvin said.

He said more than 200 Lafayette residents signed the petition. Many of them signed it on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the same day a 20-year-old man was shot death on Cora St. in Lafayette. "These petitions are a powerful way of keeping Dr. King's Dream alive," Harvin said. "He was a man who practiced non-violence and was himself a victim of gun violence. What better way to honor his memory than to ask President Obama to support student-led prayer in our public schools?"

Harvin said he and supporters will mail the letters during a news conference Friday, Feb. 8 at the Rosa Parks Transportation Center at 101 Jefferson Street in Lafayette.



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